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Resistance and Rebellion : Lessons from Eastern Europe - Roger D. Petersen

Resistance and Rebellion

Lessons from Eastern Europe

By: Roger D. Petersen, Jon Elster (Editor), Gudmund Hernes (Editor)


Published: 14th December 2006
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Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe explains how ordinary people become involved in resistance and rebellion against powerful regimes. The book shows how a sequence of casual forces - social norms, focal points, rational calculation - operate to drive individuals into roles of passive resistance and, at a second stage, into participation in community-based rebellion organization. By linking the operation of these mechanisms to observable social structures, the work generates predictions about which types of community and society are most likely to form and sustain resistance and rebellion. The empirical material centres around Lithuanian anti-Soviet resistance in both the 1940s and the 1987-91 period. Using the Lithuanian experience as a baseline, comparisons with several other Eastern European countries demonstrate the breadth and depth of the theory. The book contributes to both the general literature on political violence and protest, as well as the theoretical literature on collective action.

'... a good building block in development of a general approach to an important subject and contains a comprehensive bibliography.' Choice

List of figures and tables
Mechanisms and process
Lithuania, 1940-41
Rebellion in an urban community: the role of leadership and centralization
The German occupation of Lithuania
Post-war Lithuania
More cases, more comparisons
Resistance in the Perestroika period
Fanatics and first actors
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ISBN: 9780521035156
ISBN-10: 0521035155
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 14th December 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.43