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The Revolutions of 1989. An Explanatory Framework

Author(s): Dragoş Nicuşor Petrescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej
Keywords: Revolutions;1989; Explanatory Framework

Summary/Abstract: This study puts forward a frame of analysis for explaining the 1989 revolutions in East-Central Europe (ECE). When analyzing the revolutions of 1989, one is compelled to address three fundamental issues related to their inception, unfolding and outcome, which can be summarized as follows: timing; sequence of events; and nature. In other words, one has to provide a convincing answer to the following questions: (1) Why those revolutions occurred precisely in 1989? (2) Why the communist regimes in ECE collapsed in that particular order? And (3) Why some of the 1989 regime changes were negotiated, others were non-negotiated but non-violent, and only one of them was non-negotiated and violent?

  • Issue Year: 18/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-80
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Polish