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Revolution 1989 :the fall of the Soviet empire /Victor Sebestyen.

Collection Type
Books
Variant Title
Revolution nineteen eighty-nine
Originator
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956-
Publication
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date
2009.
Description
"For more than 40 years after the Second World War the Iron Curtain divided Europe physically, with 300 km of walls and barbed wire fences; ideologically, between communism and capitalism; psychologically, between people imprisoned under totalitarian dictatorships and their neighbours enjoying democratic freedoms; and militarily, by two mighty, distrustful power blocs, still fighting the cold war. At the start of 1989, ten European nations were still Soviet vassal states. By the end of the year, one after another, they had thrown off communism, declared national independence, and embarked on the road to democracy. When the Berlin Wall fell on a chilly November night it seemed as though the open wounds of the cruel twentieth century would at last begin to heal. An entire way of life was swept away along with a half dozen incompetent, corrupt and at times vicious dictatorships. It happened with little violence, apart from a few days in Romania. Now, twenty years on, Victor Sebestyen reassesses this decisive moment in modern history."--Global Books in Print.
xxi, 451 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Notes
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-428) and index.
ISBN
029785223X
0297859242
9780297852230
9780297859246
GUSN
319230
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.212
Descriptive terms
Nineteen eighty-nine, A.D.
Politics and government
Politics and government 1945-1989.
Politics and government 1985-1991.
Politics and government 1989-
Revolution.
Revolutions History 20th century.
Revolutions.
Places
Europe, Eastern
Europe, Eastern.
Osteuropa.
Soviet Union
Soviet Union.

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