Revolution With A Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992 by James KrapflRevolution With A Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992 by James Krapfl

Revolution With A Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992

byJames Krapfl

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

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In this social and cultural history of Czechoslovakia's "gentle revolution," James Krapfl shifts the focus away from elites to ordinary citizens who endeavored—from the outbreak of revolution in 1989 to the demise of the Czechoslovak federation in 1992—to establish a new, democratic political culture. Unique in its balanced coverage of developments in both Czech and Slovak lands, including the Hungarian minority of southern Slovakia, this book looks beyond Prague and Bratislava to collective action in small towns, provincial factories, and collective farms.

Through his broad and deep analysis of workers' declarations, student bulletins, newspapers, film footage, and the proceedings of local administrative bodies, Krapfl contends that Czechoslovaks rejected Communism not because it was socialist, but because it was arbitrarily bureaucratic and inhumane. The restoration of a basic "humanness"—in politics and in daily relations among citizens—was the central goal of the revolution. In the strikes and demonstrations that began in the last weeks of 1989, Krapfl argues, citizens forged new symbols and a new symbolic system to reflect the humane, democratic, and nonviolent community they sought to create. Tracing the course of the revolution from early, idealistic euphoria through turns to radicalism and ultimately subversive reaction, Revolution with a Human Face finds in Czechoslovakia’s experiences lessons of both inspiration and caution for people in other countries striving to democratize their governments.

James Krapfl is Assistant Professor of History at McGill University.
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Title:Revolution With A Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801452058

ISBN - 13:9780801452055

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Rhetoric of Revolution

2. The Big Bang of the Signifiers

3. The Ideals of November

4. The Boundaries of Community

5. Power in the Streets

6. The Will of the People

Conclusion

Chronology
Bibliography
Index

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"The innovative and compelling Revolution with a Human Face is original both in conception and source material and is likely to be an instant classic. James Krapfl reconstructs the day-to-day evolution of thinking about regime change at the grassroots level. He draws on a massive and intensive search of the documentary ephemera of the revolutionary period to 'get out of Prague.' This allows him to trace the countrywide mobilization in support of the Velvet/Gentle Revolution that led to the collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989."—Carol Skalnik Leff, University of Illinois, author of Elite Transformation in Post-Communist Europe