Journal of Modern History

"The contributors to The Long 1989 seek to shore up the enduring significance of the year as 'the paradigmatic revolution of our time', more resonant and morepotent than 1789 or 1917. For Kosicki and Kunakhovich, the year 1989 has unique historical significance: 'Its core ideas, lexicon, and tactics now serve as archetypes of revolutionary action'. If this bold claim is right, then any scholarly effort to characterize the fall ofthe Berlin Wall as merely an epiphenomenon, just a single wave in a vast roiling sea of gradual change, will surely falter. Our political imagination demands heroic stories and decisive turning points, even if our history does not."
Reviewed book: 
Piotr H. Kosicki
Kyrill Kunakhovich
$75.00 / €65.00 / £60.00