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The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe (original 1993; edition 1993)
by Gale Stokes
The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Gale Stokes (1993)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195066456, Paperback)Gale Stokes' The Walls Came Tumbling Down has been one of the standard interpretations of the East European revolutions of 1989 for many years. It offers a sweeping yet vivid narrative of the two decades of developments that led from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the collapse of communism in 1989. Highlights of that narrative include, among other things, discussions of Solidarity and civil society in Poland, Charter 77 and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, and the bizarre regime of Romania's Nikolae Ceausescu and his violent downfall. In this second edition, now appropriately subtitled Collapse and Rebirth in Eastern Europe, Stokes not only has revised these portions of the book in the light of recent scholarship, but has added three new chapters covering the post-communist period, including analyses of the unification of Germany and the collapse of the Soviet Union, narratives of the admission of many of the countries of the region to the European Union, and discussion of the unfortunate outcomes of the Wars of Yugoslav Succession in the Western Balkans.
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Eastern Europe in this book refers to the 5 countries of east Central Europe and southeastern Europe that were formerly part of the Soviet bloc, plus the German Democratic Republic and Yugoslavia. Albania is not discussed. It begins with the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and culminates in the 1989-1991 revolutions that led to the collapse of Eastern European communism. Discussion covers the various communist regimes and the opposition movements that brought them down, including the "March Days" and Solidarity Movement of Poland, the 1975 Helsinki accords, Czechoslovakia's Charter 77 opposition movement, the autocratic policies of Romania's Nicolae Ceaucescu that brought his people to the point of violent outrage and the first steps in 1990-1991 towards pluralist government with the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev to the bloody partitioning of war torn Yugoslavia.
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