Uncivil Society

Uncivil Society

1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment

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In this lively and fast-paced study, two distinguished Princeton historians, Stephen Kotkin and Jan Gross, analyze the 1989 revolution in Eastern Europe as a product of the political bankruptcy of 'uncivil society', meaning the communist elite.
Publisher: New York :, Modern Library,, 2009.
Edition: Modern Library edition, first edition.
ISBN: 9780679642763
0679642765
Characteristics: xxiii, 197 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gross, Jan Tomasz

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Dec 31, 2018

If one political party controls the economy, all levels of government, all media, courts, police, army and all public life-how and why can it lose control?
This excellent books expains how it happened in E.Germany, Romania and Poland.
The Communists lived in a bubble in which they were more interested in keeping their jobs and power rather than what would benefit the citizens.
Favorite quote: " Communism...has made political reliability a more important requirement than ability." (Konrad & Szelenyi)
Highly recommend this.

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