After the Fall: The Pursuit of Democracy in Central Europe

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PREFACE

In the late summer of 1989, I received a call from my New School colleague David Gordon. As the organizer of our General Seminar for the coming academic year, he asked me to present a paper. Since its founding in 1933 as The University in Exile, such presentations have been recurring responsibilities of the New School's Graduate Faculty. The faculty comes together once a month to talk about each other's work. David knew I had just published a book on the political culture of the Soviet bloc and thought it would be timely to discuss the issue. I agreed. This book is an extension of that agreement.

Little did I realize the challenge I had agreed to take on. I had assumed I would simply reshape a chapter from Beyond Glasnost. The Post-Totalitarian Mind and discuss it with my colleagues in a normal academic fashion. Instead, I found I had committed myself to the project of trying to understand the most dramatic

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • INTRODUCTION Then and Now 1
  • I POLITICS 11
  • Chapter 1 Civil Society "As If" 13
  • Chapter 2 Post-Totalitarian Politics 28
  • Chapter 3 Ideology Ends Again 37
  • Chapter 4 What's Left? What's Right? 52
  • II LEADERSHIP 63
  • Chapter 5 Havel to the Castle 65
  • Chapter 6 Democratic Dialogue 74
  • Chapter 7 Wałęsa: Washington or Piłsudski? 86
  • III NATION 97
  • Chapter 8 the Problem of Nationalism: on the Road to Harmony with the Minister of the Interior 99
  • Chapter 9 the Dialectics of False Solutions 110
  • Chapter 10 Europe 119
  • IV RELIGION 139
  • Chapter 11 the Church Against the State 141
  • Chapter 12 the Jewish Question 155
  • V THE ECONOMY 167
  • Chapter 13 Anti-Economic Practices 169
  • Chapter 14 on the Road to Capitalism? 185
  • Chapter 15 History and Class Consciousness 196
  • VI CULTURE 213
  • Chapter 16 Against Despair 215
  • Chapter 17 the Institutionalization of Cultural Imagination 227
  • EPILOGUE Toward a New Civilized Social Order 238
  • Bibliographic Note 253
  • Index 257
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