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There is no freedom without bread! : 1989 and the civil war that brought down communism, Constantine Pleshakov

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There is no freedom without bread! : 1989 and the civil war that brought down communism
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There is no freedom without bread!
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1989 and the civil war that brought down communism
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Constantine Pleshakov
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eng
Summary
"In There Is No Freedom Without Bread!, the Russian-born historian Constantine Pleshakov proposes a daring revisionist account of 1989 and the revolutions that took place during that momentous year." "The conventional story of the end of the cold war focuses on the geopolitical power struggle between the United States and the USSR: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent the USSR, and forced Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Wall. But in fact, Pleshakov reveals, the uprising was more complex than the archetypal image of the "good" masses overthrowing the "bad" puppet regimes of the Soviet empire. Politicking, severe tensions between Moscow and local Communist governments, compromise between the revolutionary leaders and the Communist old-timers, the quagmire of the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan, and the will and anger of the people - all had a profound influence in shaping the revolutions as multifaceted movements that brought about one of the greatest transformations in history." "In a dramatic narrative culminating in a close examination of the whirlwind year, Pleshakov challenges the received wisdom and argues that 1989 was as much about national civil wars and internal struggles for power as it was about Eastern Europeans throwing off the yoke of Moscow."--BOOK JACKET
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  • /* Starred Review */ The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe was a collection of complex domestic conflicts and economic discontents, argues this shrewd historical study. Historian Pleshakov (Stalin's Folly ) surveys upheavals in postwar Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Poland, “the mother of the Eastern European revolution.” He finds a variegated tapestry of states with different degrees of economic and political liberalization and often considerable popular support for the welfare protections and social mobility they guaranteed citizens. They also enjoyed substantial latitude from Russia: the Berlin Wall, the author reports, was an East German initiative, only reluctantly approved by Moscow. The turbulence leading to 1989 was equally complicated and factional; the disturbances that brought down Communist regimes were often touched off by their own violations of Marxist orthodoxy—especially with that reliable riot starter, food price hikes. (Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, with his proletarian opposition to industrial speedups, comes off here as something of a primitive communist himself.) Pleshakov's characterization of 1989 as a civil war is perhaps overstated, but his sardonic narrative offers a savvier, richer take than the usual hymns to national liberation. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 31, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 35, p45)
  • Pleshakov (History/Mount Holyoke Coll.; Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of WWII on the Eastern Front, 2006, etc.) recounts the slow dismantling of Communism in Eastern Europe, a process that took years but that accelerated markedly in 1989.Much of the narrative is set in Poland, where shipyard strikes had been commonplace since the 1970s, and where the Solidarity movement, abetted by Pope John Paul II, took root as a true workers' response to a communist regime led, curiously enough, by a former nobleman. Communism took time and effort to uproot, notes Pleshakov, not just because it was expansive and had lots of secret-police agents at its disposal. It also had a social contract, such that "people accepted the state not just because of terror and intimidation, but also because of free health care, free housing, and free education." Moreover, he adds, while there was undoubtedly a Soviet empire, each satellite state was markedly its own. "Contrary to popular belief," writes the author, "in Eastern Europe Stalin did not clone regime after regime after regime…[he] realized that the cookie cutter approach to communism did not work." Consequently, in Poland only ten percent of the land was collectivized after World War II, very unlike the situation in the Soviet Union. Unlike so many revisionist historians, Pleshakov lays only the smallest credit for the collapse of communism at Ronald Reagan's door, instead carefully noting the many internal forces that were moving against red regimes—including resurgent religiosity. The author also gives due nods to Mikhail Gorbachev, who was perceived differently in different places—for Poles he was the personification of the Evil Empire, while "for East Germans, Gorbachev was the wise man of the east, an inspiration, a model of sorts."The broadest of surveys, but useful in recapitulating events that, though recent, are largely forgotten. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009)
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Pleshakov, Konstantin
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947.0009/048
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Communism
  • Communism
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Europe, Eastern
  • Soviet Union
  • Poland
  • Poland
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1989 and the civil war that brought down communism
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There is no freedom without bread! : 1989 and the civil war that brought down communism, Constantine Pleshakov
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
pt. 1. 1942-1979 -- War brings license : 1942-48 -- Communism rises : 1949-77 -- The pope arms 150 divisions : 1978-79 -- pt. 2. 1980-1988 -- The working class strikes : 1980-81 -- The revolution winters : 1982-88 -- pt. 3. 1989 -- The "Polish disease" spreads : June-September -- The wall opens up, the magic theater raises curtain : October-November -- Gorbachev stumbles, Ceauşescu falls : December -- Epilogue
Control code
777535
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780374289027
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009010185
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374289027
  • (OCoLC)316736567
Label
There is no freedom without bread! : 1989 and the civil war that brought down communism, Constantine Pleshakov
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. 1942-1979 -- War brings license : 1942-48 -- Communism rises : 1949-77 -- The pope arms 150 divisions : 1978-79 -- pt. 2. 1980-1988 -- The working class strikes : 1980-81 -- The revolution winters : 1982-88 -- pt. 3. 1989 -- The "Polish disease" spreads : June-September -- The wall opens up, the magic theater raises curtain : October-November -- Gorbachev stumbles, Ceauşescu falls : December -- Epilogue
Control code
777535
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780374289027
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009010185
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374289027
  • (OCoLC)316736567

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