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Revolution 1989, the fall of the Soviet Empire, Victor Sebestyen

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Revolution 1989, the fall of the Soviet Empire, Victor Sebestyen
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-428) and index
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unknown if item is government publication
Index
no index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Revolution 1989
Oclc number
979516112
Responsibility statement
Victor Sebestyen
Sub title
the fall of the Soviet Empire
Summary
"For more than 40 years after the Second World War the Iron Curtain divided Europe physically, with 300 km of walls and barbed wire fences; ideologically, between communism and capitalism; psychologically, between people imprisoned under totalitarian dictatorships and their neighbours enjoying democratic freedoms; and militarily, by two mighty, distrustful power blocs, still fighting the cold war. At the start of 1989, ten European nations were still Soviet vassal states. By the end of the year, one after another, they had thrown off communism, declared national independence, and embarked on the road to democracy. When the Berlin Wall fell on a chilly November night it seemed as though the open wounds of the cruel twentieth century would at last begin to heal. An entire way of life was swept away along with a half dozen incompetent, corrupt and at times vicious dictatorships. It happened with little violence, apart from a few days in Romania. Now, twenty years on, Victor Sebestyen reassesses this decisive moment in modern history."--Global Books in Print
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Revolution nineteen eighty-nine
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