Uncivil Society

Uncivil Society

1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment

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Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. In one of modern history’s most miraculous occurrences, communism imploded–and not with a bang, but with a whimper. Now two of the foremost scholars of East European and Soviet affairs, Stephen Kotkin and Jan T. Gross, drawing upon two decades of reflection, revisit this crash. In a crisp, concise, unsentimental narrative, they employ three case studies–East Germany, Romania, and Poland–to illuminate what led Communist regimes to surrender, or to be swept away in political bank runs. This is less a story of dissidents, so-called civil society, than of the bankruptcy of a ruling class–communism’s establishment, or “uncivil society.” The Communists borrowed from the West like drunken sailors to buy mass consumer goods, then were unable to pay back the hard-currency debts and so borrowed even more. In Eastern Europe, communism came to resemble a Ponzi scheme, one whose implosion carries enduring lessons. From East Germany’s pseudotechnocracy to Romania’s megalomaniacal dystopia, from Communist Poland’s cult of Mary to the Kremlin’s surprise restraint, Kotkin and Gross pull back the curtain on the fraud and decadence that cashiered the would-be alternative to the market and democracy, an outcome that opened up to a deeper global integration that has proved destabilizing.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the peaceful collapse of communism following the falling of the Berlin Wall, drawing on case studies to illuminate the factors that deconstructed communist establishments.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Armageddon Averted and the National Book Award-nominated author of Neighbors document the peaceful collapse of communism following the falling of the Berlin Wall, drawing on case studies to illuminate the factors that deconstructed communist establishments.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679642763
Branch Call Number: 947.0009 KOTKI
Characteristics: xxiii, 197 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gross, Jan Tomasz

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