The revolutions Of 1989
Abstract: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