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November 2nd, 2009

People Power? Explaining 1989

Submitted by Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina

As the most important European event since 1945, the overthrow of Communism during 1989-1991 poses a double challenge for retrospective understanding. Because the current wave of commemorations at the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall is largely promoting an anti-Communist agenda, the democratic awakening needs to be rescued from such instru­men­ta­liza­tion by contemporary [...]

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