Carnival of Revolution - Central Europe 1989

ISBN-10: 069111627X
ISBN-13: 9780691116273
Edition: 2002
Authors: Padraic Kenney
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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 Revolutionresounds 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.

Padraic Kenney is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989 and editor of Transnational Moments of Change and Partisan Histories .

Introduction: Street Theater, Concrete Poetry
Actors, Stages, Repertoires
Eating the Crocodile with a Spoon, or, A Career Guide to the Underground
The Amnesty Trap
Political Charity
Church and Opposition
The Workers' Dilemma
Vents or Accumulators?
Come With Us! They Aren't Beating Today! The Art of the Blizzard
The Ballad of Marek Adamkiewicz
Conservative Pacism, Anarchist Nationalism
Ideals and Instruments
"Radiators" across the Bloc
Zarnobyl
The Blue and the Green
Bratislava Speaks Up
"I'd Rather Live"
In the Future Tense
As If in Europe: The International World of Peace and Human Rights
Reticence and Revolutionary Tourism
Dialogue for an Endangered
Continent
Helsinki from Below
On the Friendship Trail
Borders Fall in East Germany
Coventry Cathedral and the Church on Zytnia Street
The New Politics of the Konkretny Generation
A Shy Little Wave for Gorbachev
The Lion Cubs of Western Ukraine
Slovenia's People for Peace Culture
Hungarian Orange Appeal
Towards an Opposition in Prague
Workers of the Last Hour
How the Smurfs Captured Gargamel, or, A Revolution of Style
The Elfn Rebellion
Hippies in the Holy Garden
The Young Subversive's Handbook
Gloom in Krakcw
Pietia's Crusade
Pornoslavia
God, King, and Country in Bohemia
To Become a Smurf
Photoessay
A Revolution In Sixteen Scenes
"Blink, and I See Another World": The Candlelight March
A Tale of Two Lenins
Slovene Spring
Days That Shook Lviv
Strikes in Shades of Orange
An Invasion Remembered
WaterDam/ned: Hungary Defends the Danube
Independence Day and Palach Week
Encircling the Round Table
Mothers and Children
On the Fourth of June
Hungarians Bury the Communists
Korzos and Road Races
Lviv Passes the Baton
The Mosquito and the Messedemos
Bring a Flower with You! The Velvet Revolution
Epilogue: No More Picnics, After the Revolution
Jacob's Retreat Remembering 1989
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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