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The Resource A carnival of revolution : Central Europe 1989, Padraic Kenney, (electronic resource)

A carnival of revolution : Central Europe 1989, Padraic Kenney, (electronic resource)

Label
A carnival of revolution : Central Europe 1989
Title
A carnival of revolution
Title remainder
Central Europe 1989
Statement of responsibility
Padraic Kenney
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is the first history of the revolutions that toppled communism in Europe to look behind the scenes at the grassroots movements that made those revolutions happen. It looks for answers not in the salons of power brokers and famed intellectuals, not in decrepit economies--but in the whirlwind of activity that stirred so crucially, unstoppably, on the street. Melding his experience in Solidarity-era Poland with the sensibility of a historian, Padraic Kenney takes us into the hearts and minds of those revolutionaries across much of Central Europe who have since faded namelessly back into everyday life. This is a riveting story of musicians, artists, and guerrilla theater collectives subverting traditions and state power a story of youthful social movements emerging in the 1980s in Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and parts of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. Kenney argues that these movements were active well before glasnost. Some protested military or environmental policy. Others sought to revive national traditions or to help those at the margins of society. Many crossed forbidden borders to meet their counterparts in neighboring countries. They all conquered fear and apathy to bring people out into the streets. The result was a revolution unlike any other before: nonviolent, exuberant, even light-hearted, but also with a relentless political focus--a revolution that leapt from country to country in the exciting events of 1988 and 1989. A Carnival of Revolution resounds with the atmosphere of those turbulent years: the daring of new movements, the unpredictability of street demonstrations, and the hopes and regrets of the young participants. A vivid photo-essay complements engaging prose to fully capture the drama. Based on over two hundred interviews in twelve countries, and drawing on samizdat and other writings in six languages, this is among the most insightful and compelling accounts ever published of the historical milestone that ushered in our age.--Publisher description
Member of
Cataloging source
COO
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DJK51
LC item number
.K465 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
A carnival of revolution : Central Europe 1989, Padraic Kenney, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-330) and index
Color
mixed
Control code
zmeld3 b2544795
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 341 p.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780691050287
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001036866
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
ill.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic text and image data.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • 1210566
  • hzMIU01000000000000007009047
  • (dli)HEB05015
Label
A carnival of revolution : Central Europe 1989, Padraic Kenney, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-330) and index
Color
mixed
Control code
zmeld3 b2544795
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 341 p.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780691050287
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001036866
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
ill.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic text and image data.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • 1210566
  • hzMIU01000000000000007009047
  • (dli)HEB05015

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