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Framing democracy : civil society and civic movements in Eastern Europe

Author: John K Glenn
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2001.
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"At the close of the twentieth century, democracy appeared to have overcome the Cold War partition of the world, as countries across the globe had deposed autocratic regimes and held free elections. Nowhere were these developments dramatized more brightly than in Eastern Europe in 1989, as newly formed civic movements replaced long-standing Leninist regimes with democratic governments." "Yet it is clear that the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John K Glenn
ISBN: 0804738610 9780804738613
OCLC Number: 45419044
Description: xii, 258 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Political opportunities and master frames --
3. Framing the roundtable in Poland --
4. The pacted resolution in Poland --
5. Rapid mobilization in Czechoslovakia --
6. Resolution by capitulation in Czechoslovakia --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Chronology of major events, 1968-1993.
Responsibility: John K. Glenn, III.

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This volume addresses such questions as: how similar actually were the Leninist regimes before their dissolution, and how similar were their demises?; and how did the way communism fell affect the  Read more...

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"Deftly and reflectively, John Glenn shows us how the dismantling of state socialism followed contrasting paths in Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, with fateful consequences for later Read more...

 
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