The Walls Came Tumbling Down Collapse and Rebirth in Eastern Europe

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Beginning with the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and culminatingin the 1989-1991 revolutions, The Walls Came Tumbling Down is a sweeping, vividnarrative of the gradual collapse of Eastern European communism. Focusing on thedecades of unrest that precipitated 1989's tumultuous events, and includinginformation obtained firsthand from personal interviews, Gale Stokes provides acomprehensive history of the various communist regimes and the oppositionmovements that brought them down, including the "March Days" and SolidarityMovement of Poland, the 1975 Helsinki accords, Czechoslovakia's Charter 77opposition movement, the autocratic policies of Romania's Nicolae Ceaucescu thatbrought his people to the point of violent outrage, and every other major eventthat marked the crumbling of communism. Stokes also examines the first totteringsteps in 1990-1991 toward pluralist government, from the resignation of MikhailGorbachev to the bloody partitioning of war-torn Yugoslavia. For courses incommunist studies or recent history, The Walls Came Tumbling Down is ideal formaking clear the most widespread and significant upheaval of the lattertwentieth century.

Author Biography

Gale Stokes is past Dean of Humanities, Chair of the History Department, and a three time winner of the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University. He is the author of several books, including From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentor History of Eastern Europe Since 1945, Second Edition, (OUP, 1996) and Three Eras of Political Change in Eastern Europe (OUP, 1996).

Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The New Opposition: Antipolitics and Solidarityp. 15
The Gang of Four and Their Nemesisp. 57
The Momentum of Change in Hungaryp. 95
Solidarity: The Return of the Repressed in Polandp. 123
The Glorious Revolutions of 1989p. 157
The Devil's Finger: The Disintegration of Yugoslaviap. 203
The New European Orderp. 243
Central Europe on the Movep. 269
Southeastern Europe: A Glass Half Emptyp. 306
Epilogue: Pluralism, the New Realityp. 343
Indexp. 351
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