Item description for The Fall: A Comparative Study of the End of Communism in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Poland (International Studies in Global Change) by Steven Saxonberg...
The Fall examines one of the twentieth century's greatest historical puzzles: why did the communist-led regimes in Eastern Europe collapse so quickly and why was the process of collapse so different from country to country? This major study explains why the impetus for change in Poland and Hungary came from the regimes themselves, while in Czechoslovakia and East Germany it was mass movements which led to the downfall of the regimes. This book is rich in empirical material and the author draws substantially on his interviews with many of the most important participants in the events of 1989. At the same time, it makes an important theoretical contribution. Conventional opinion is opened to scrutiny on issues such as the role of Gorbachev and the influence of civil society. In addition, the book develops a critique of the two main traditions of research on political change: those of transition and revolution. Here Saxonberg develops a model which incorporates the fruits of both these paradigms and
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2000
ISBN 905823097X ISBN13 9789058230973
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More About Steven Saxonberg
Steven Saxonberg is Professor of Sociology at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. He has published over 50 articles in journals and books on the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the post-communist developments in this area. His first book The Fall: A Comparative Study of the End of Communism in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Poland (2001) was awarded second place in the UNESCO Stein Rokkan competition for best book in comparative social science.
Steven Saxonberg has an academic affiliation as follows - Masarykova Univerzita v Brno, Czech Republic Masarykova Univerzita v B.