Between Past and Future
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 and Eastern Europe.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
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 post-communist politics
Chapter 17: The Europe agreements and transition
Chapter 18: Nationalism in post-communist Russia
Chapter 19: Chinese bridges to postsocialist Europe
Chapter 20: Mickiewicz and the question of sacred territory V Past, Present, Future
Chapter 21: Conclusions
Agnes Heller, New School University, New York; Jacques Rupnik, Institute of Political Studies, Paris; Karol Soltan, University of Maryland; Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief ofGazeta Wyborcza, Poland; Martin Palouš, Charles University, Prague; Valerie Bunce, Cornell University; Kazimierz Z. Poznanski, University of Washington; Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University; Katherine Verdery, University of Michigan; 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 N. Wasserstrom, Indiana University; Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Ford Foundation; Timothy Garton Ash, Oxford University