After the Fall: The Pursuit of Democracy in Central Europe

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Bibliographic Note

In writing this book as a theoretical reflection upon the revolutionary developments coming after the fall of communism, I have drawn mostly upon what I saw and heard in the capitals of Eastern and Central Europe in 1990 and 1991. Interviews and participant observation provided my primary empirical sources. Yet, I did not go to Europe with a blank slate. I have been thinking, researching, and writing about the region for the past two decades. My books, The Persistence of Freedom: The Sociological Implications of Polish Student Theater ( Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1980), On Cultural Freedom: An Exploration of Public Life in Poland and America ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), and Beyond Glasnost. The Post-Totalitarian Mind ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), elaborate my developing position on the politics and culture of the region before the revolutionary changes of 1989 and also provide more systematic overviews of the scholarly literature on Soviet bloc affairs.

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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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