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Between Utopia and Disillusionment : A Narrative of the Political Transformation in Eastern Europe - Henri Vogt

Between Utopia and Disillusionment

A Narrative of the Political Transformation in Eastern Europe

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Scholarly interpretations of the collapse of communism and developments thereafter have tended to be primarily concerned with people's need to rid themselves of the communist system, of their past. The expectations, dreams, and hopes that ordinary Eastern Europeans had when they took to the streets in 1989, and have had ever since, have therefore been overlooked - and our understanding of the changes in post-communist Europe has remained incomplete. Focusing primarily on five key areas, such as the heritage of 1989 revolutions, ambivalence, disillusionment, individualism, and collective identities, this book explores the expectations and goals that ordinary Eastern Europeans had during the 1989 revolutions and the decade thereafter, and also the problems and disappointments they encountered in the course of the transformation. The analysis is based on extensive interviews with university students and young intellectuals in the Czech Republic, Eastern Germany and Estonia in the 1990s, which in themselves have considerable value as historical documents.

"Vogt listens, and he does it brilliantly thus providing the reader with a truly unique narrative that is both analytically deep and enjoyable to read - Thanks to Vogt's confident, forceful and lucid style, the narrative never loses its grip on the academic debate; it incorporates an enormous body of the relevant literature in political science, philosophy, cultural anthropology, and social psychology. Yet, the text clearly gives priority to what makes this study exceptional: the live experiences of Eastern Europeans." * Kosmopolis. The Finnish Journal of Peace, Conflict and Global Politics Research

Narratives of the revolutionsp. 18
Revolution as a utopiap. 73
Utopia not yet fulfilled : ambivalence after the revolutionsp. 103
Utopia not fulfilled : disillusionmentp. 140
Individualism as a utopiap. 180
Collective utopias : from national independence to Europep. 214
Conclusion : politics between utopia and disillusionmentp. 247
The interviews and the method of analysisp. 262
Themes of the interviewsp. 268
Themes for the Czech essayistsp. 275
President Lennart Meri's speeches analysed in chapter 6p. 278
Translations of the German interview passagesp. 279
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ISBN: 9781571818959
ISBN-10: 1571818952
Series: Studies in Contemporary European History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.64