The Walls Came Tumbling Down

The Walls Came Tumbling Down : The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

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To account for the revolutions across Eastern Europe in 1989, Gale Stokes looks back to 1968 and provides an accessible analysis and a monumental history of events to the present day. He analyses the nature of communist power and the varying forms of opposition to it, telling the story of the rise of Solidarity in Poland and of the movements for change among dissident intellectuals across the region. Stokes demonstrates that Eastern Europe is freer today than it has been previously in the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 476.27g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195066456
  • 9780195066456
  • 1,768,826

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'he is particularly good on how diverse historical and cultural processes shaped the different types of Communism in Eastern Europe; his chapter on Yugoslavia is exceptionally enlightening' New York Times Book Review 'It offers deep understanding of the region in combination with great ability to present the facts. Not only is it perceptive and penetrating, but is also stylishly written ... it is a live account which manages to pin the reader down. For students, specialists and anyone else interested in communist studies and recent history, this work is ideal for making clear the most significant upheaval of post-World War II history.' Yannis Stivachtis, Lancaster University, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 46, No. 8, 1994
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About Gale Stokes

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 Documentary History of Eastern Europe Since 1945, Second Edition, (OUP, 1996) and Three Eras of Political Change in Eastern Europe (OUP, 1996).
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