Czechoslovakia: the Velvet Revolution and Beyond by Robin H. E. Shepherd

By Robin H. E. Shepherd

Czechoslovakia, some of the most inflexible and authoritarian of the previous Soviet Union's satellite tv for pc states, began the transition from communism with excessive hopes. yet a decade of swap has uncovered the complete quantity of the wear and tear wrought to the rustic via a long time of communist rule. For something, the rustic couldn't carry jointly, splitting aside into self sufficient states in 1993. This booklet appears to be like on the political and fiscal alterations of 2 nations in transition and argues that a lot continues to be performed prior to they've got shaken off the legacy of a very harsh communist past.

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Independent groups attracted mass membership particularly in the universities, where the official youth organisation was superseded by the Union of University Students centred in the Philosophy Faculty of the Charles University. Daringly enough, the union published its own Action Programme infused with the ideals of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. A non-aligned political grouping, KAN, pledged to nominate candidates to run in the next elections. Circulation of literary publications skyrocketed and groups of former political prisoners came together to form a pressure group, K-231 (the legal article under which they had been charged), to push for a review of their cases.

A series of meetings and conversations with Brezhnev and other Soviet bloc leaders throughout the year had The Communists Take Power 29 not led him to take widespread rumours of military intervention seriously. Part of the problem, Dubcek said, was the ambiguous language in which communist leaders expressed themselves. Words such as democracy and sovereignty were commonplace in the newspeak language in which such people worked, but they were either empty of any real meaning or meant the opposite of what most people thought them to mean.

His opening pledge is, predictably, one of honesty, and he closes with a pathos befitting the atmosphere of the time, telling his fellow citizens simply that their government has returned to them. The content is dominated by his description of the country's primary problem as one of moral decay, the roots of which he locates in the way the old system taught people to say one thing and think another. He acknowledges that everyone participated at some level in the totalitarian system, though some of course bear more blame than others.

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