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The revolutions Of 1989

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What were the causes and consequences of the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern and Central Europe? The causes lie in the exhaustion of the model of Soviet-type economic organization, the failure of reform efforts in the USSR, and the persistence of opposition to Soviet-type rule in Central Europe. The ramifications of the events are examined through the prism of three questions: (1) how do they change our evaluation of the past?; (2) what was the significance of 1989 as a moment in time?; and (3) how have they shaped the present?

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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