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Velvet revolutions. An oral history of Czech society.

Velvet revolutions. An oral history of Czech society.

Author: Miroslav Vanek; Pavel Mücke
Publisher: Corby : Oxford University Press 2015.
Series: Oxford oral history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The 'Velvet Revolution' in November 1989 brought about the collapse of the authoritarian communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia. It also marks the beginning of the country's journey towards democracy. This book examines what the values in so-called real socialism were, as well as how citizens' values changed after the 1989 collapse. In 'Velvet Revolutions', Miroslav Vanek and Pavel Mucke analyze and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miroslav Vanek; Pavel Mücke
ISBN: 9780199342723 0199342725
OCLC Number: 927445876
Description: 304 pages.
Contents: Acknowledgements: The Privilege of Listening to the Voices of Memory --
1. I Want to be Free! : Freedom as a Fundamental Human Value --
2. The Family under Socialism and in the Whirlwind of Transformation --
3. Friends and the Others : How Czechs Evaluate Foreigners and Foreign Countries --
4. Education : A Gateway to Success in Life? --
5. From the Requirement to Work to Looking for Work --
6. Perception of Free Time : Work, Family, and Leisure --
7. Us and Them : Eternal Predestination? --
Appendix 1: Photographs by Jindřich Štreit --
Appendix 2: Our Narrators.
Series Title: Oxford oral history series.
Responsibility: Miroslav Vanek; Pavel Mücke.


This book investigates how values such as freedom, work, family, free time, and politics changed in Czech society in the two decades before and after the November 1989 Velvet Revolution.  Read more...


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[A]mbitious... In sum, Vanek and Mucke's 'from below' perspective breaks much new ground (it scarcely mentions dissidents!), challenges preconceived notions of the communist polity, and brings to Read more...

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