9780801452055-0801452058-Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989–1992

Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989–1992

ISBN-13: 9780801452055
ISBN-10: 0801452058
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Krapfl, James
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Hardcover 292 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801452055
ISBN-10: 0801452058
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Krapfl, James
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Hardcover 292 pages

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Acknowledged authors Krapfl, James wrote Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989–1992 comprising 292 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0801452058 and 9780801452055. Since then Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989–1992 textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In this social and cultural history of Czechoslovakia’s "gentle revolution," James Krapfl shifts the focus away from elites to ordinary citizens who endeavored―from the outbreak of revolution in 1989 to the demise of the Czechoslovak federation in 1992―to establish a new, democratic political culture. Unique in its balanced coverage of developments in both Czech and Slovak lands, including the Hungarian minority of southern Slovakia, this book looks beyond Prague and Bratislava to collective action in small towns, provincial factories, and collective farms.

Through his broad and deep analysis of workers’ declarations, student bulletins, newspapers, film footage, and the proceedings of local administrative bodies, Krapfl contends that Czechoslovaks rejected Communism not because it was socialist, but because it was arbitrarily bureaucratic and inhumane. The restoration of a basic "humanness"―in politics and in daily relations among citizens―was the central goal of the revolution. In the strikes and demonstrations that began in the last weeks of 1989, Krapfl argues, citizens forged new symbols and a new symbolic system to reflect the humane, democratic, and nonviolent community they sought to create. Tracing the course of the revolution from early, idealistic euphoria through turns to radicalism and ultimately subversive reaction, Revolution with a Human Face finds in Czechoslovakia’s experiences lessons of both inspiration and caution for people in other countries striving to democratize their governments.

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