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Between Past and Future
The Revolutions of 1989 and Their Aftermath

Edited by Sorin Antohi, Central European University, Budapest and
Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland

"The list of contributors is impressive with not a single dull chapter…; the editors are to be congratulated for making available such a stimulating and timely, if not timeless, collection"
- Slavic Review

"[T]his is a book that will serve many intellectual tastes and interests, and that will certainly prove thought provoking for anyone who reads it... I recommend it to anybody who wants to witness the analythical depth and span with which the meaning of 1989 can be approached." - Extremism & Democracy

The tenth anniversary of the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe provides the starting point for this thought-provoking analysis. Between Past and Future reflects upon the past ten years and considers what lies ahead for the future. An international group of distinguished academics and public intellectuals, including former dissidents and active politicians, engage in a lively exchange on the antecedents, causes, contexts, meanings and legacies of the 1989 revolutions.

At a crossroads between past and future, the contributors to this seminal volume address all the crucial issues -- liberal democracy and its enemies, modernity and discontent, economic reforms and their social impact, ethnicity, nationalism and religion, geopolitics, electoral systems and political power, European integration and the tragic demise of Yugoslavia.

Based on the results of recent research on the ideologies behind one of the most dramatic systematic transformations in world history, and including contributions from some of the world's leading experts, Between Past and Future is an essential reference book for scholars and students of all levels, policy-makers, journalists and the general reader interested in the past and future prospects of Central & Eastern Europe.

Agnes Heller, New School University, New York Jacques Rupnik, Institute of Political Studies, Paris Karol Soltan, University of Maryland Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland Martin Palous, Charles University, Prague Valerie Bunce, Cornell University Kazimierz Poznanski, University of Washington Jeffrey Isaac, Indiana University Katherine Verdery, University of Michigin Gail Kligman, University of California Susan Gal, University of Chicago István Rév, Central European University, Budapest Miklós Haraszti, writer, human rights activist Ivan Vejvoda, Soros Foundation, Yugoslavia Karen Dawisha, University of Maryland Bartlomiej Kaminski, University of Maryland Ilya Prizel, Johns Hopkins University Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Indiana University Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Ford Foundation Timothy Garton Ash, Oxford University


Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction. I Meanings of 1989 Chapter 1: Between past and future Chapter 2: On two models of exit from communism Chapter 3: 1989 as rebirth Chapter 4: 1989 and the future of democracy Chapter 5: Habits of the mind II Winners and Losers in the Great Transformation Chapter 6: The Resurrected independence and the demons of the velvet revolution Chapter 7: Between idealism and realism Chapter 8: Postsocialisms Chapter 9: Fighting for the public sphere III Vulnerabilities of the New Democracies Chapter 10: Privatization as transforming persons Chapter 11: Gendering postsocialism Chapter 12: The morals of transition Chapter 13: Counterrevolution Chapter 14: The handshake tradition Chapter 15: Politics and freedom IV The New Europe: Prospects for Cooperation and Conflict Chapter 16: Electrocracies and the Hobbesian fishbowl of postcommunist politics Chapter 17: The Europe agreements and transition Chapter 18: Nationalism in postcommunist Russia Chapter 19: Chinese bridges to postsocialist Europe Chapter 20: Mickiewicz and the question of sacred territory V Past, Present, Future Chapter 21: Conclusions List of Contributors

500 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-71-9 paperback $28.95 / €26.95 / Ł24.99