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PATH DEPENDENCE AND THE INCEPTION OF THE POLISH “NEGOTIATED REVOLUTION” OF 1989
PATH DEPENDENCE AND THE INCEPTION OF THE POLISH “NEGOTIATED REVOLUTION” OF 1989

Author(s): Dragoş Petrescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: negotiated revolution; reactive sequence; Poland; communism; 1989.

Summary/Abstract: This study puts forward a frame of analysis of the Polish “negotiated revolution” of 1989, which initiated the revolutionary regime changes that took place in East- Central Europe (ECE) that year. The 1989 events in ECE had three particular features: they were non-utopian; they were not carried out in the name of a particular class; and they were non-violent (with the conspicuous exception of Romania). Considering these specific aspects, this author contends that the 1989 events can be termed “postmodern revolutions.” In order to explain the Polish “negotiated revolution” of 1989, the present study employs an explanatory model previously applied to the bloody revolution of December 1989 in Romania, which takes into consideration both the domestic developments and the entangled histories of the Soviet bloc countries over the period 1945–89, as well as the issue of recent path dependence. The main assumption is that the collapse of communist rule in Poland and in the other five communist countries which experienced a regime change in 1989 was provoked by a complex interplay of structural, conjunctural and nation-specific factors.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 103-118
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: English