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Underwriting Democracy : Encouraging Free Enterprise And Democratic Reform Among The Soviets In Eastern Europe - George Soros

Underwriting Democracy

Encouraging Free Enterprise And Democratic Reform Among The Soviets In Eastern Europe

Paperback Published: 17th March 2004
ISBN: 9781586482275
Number Of Pages: 258

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Now back in print: George Soros on funding and supporting the kind of grassroots democratic movements that helped bring down oppressive governments throughout the Communist bloc. George Soros has done more for open societies than any other private citizen in the world. In Underwriting Democracy he describes his experiences helping to bring about democratic change in Eastern Europe-experiences that are especially relevant now that our country has begun to intervene (though in an entirely different way than Soros) to create functioning democracies. Throughout the 1980s George Soros worked to identify and fund the growing political movements that caused the downfall of Eastern Europe's Communist governments. He established foundations, first in his native Hungary, and then in eight other countries, and used them to finance everything from the installation of previously forbidden copying machines in public libraries to the creation of experimental schools, clubs, and workshops for the support of dissidents. This unprecedented, and brilliant, financial and logistical support helped to bring down the communist regimes in peaceful revolutions across the continent. These are thrilling stories about facing down-and getting past-the Communist party powers in order to change these nations from the inside out.

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"Amazingly readable. ... Filled with gripping anecdotes. ... Soros used his theories to outsmart the stock market. Now he's trying to tell Washington: Get ahead of events. Only then can you mold them."--USA Today

Prefacep. ix
The Revolution of 1989
Cracking the Communist Structurep. 3
The Collapse of the Soviet Systemp. 34
Europe as an Open Systemp. 62
America at the Crossroadsp. 84
The Unfolding Crisis
The Shatalin Planp. 99
The Outlook for Eastern Europep. 118
The Foundation Networkp. 128
A Personal Accountp. 139
A Theoretical Framework
Philosophical Foundationsp. 147
A Reflexive Theory of Historyp. 165
Open and Closed Societiesp. 175
The Boom-Bust Patternp. 222
Conclusionp. 245
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781586482275
ISBN-10: 1586482270
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 17th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1