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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-319230

Description

xxi, 451 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm, "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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Revolutions History 20th century.
Nineteen eighty-nine, A.D.
Politics and government
Revolutions.
Revolution.
Politics and government 1989-
Politics and government 1945-1989.
Politics and government 1985-1991.

Originator

Sebestyen, Victor, 1956-

Publication

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Description

xxi, 451 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"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.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-428) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

9780297852230
029785223X
9780297859246
0297859242

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.212

Places

Europe, Eastern
Soviet Union
Europe, Eastern.
Soviet Union.
Osteuropa.

Variant Title

Revolution nineteen eighty-nine