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Author Mark, James.

Title The unfinished revolution : making sense of the communist past in Central-Eastern Europe / James Mark
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2010
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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents The unfinished revolution -- Completing the revolution: history commissions and institutes of national memory -- Criminalizing communism? : History at terror sites and its statue parks and national museums -- Containing fascism: anti-communism in the age of Holocaust memory -- Remaking the autobiography: communists and their pasts -- Victims' stories -- The afterlife of atrocity: remembering Red Army rape after 1989 -- Divided societies, democratic memory?
Summary This book also presents the voices of ordinary people who lived through Communism, and uncovers the variety of ways in which they have come to terms with their choices and experiences. Drawing on a broad range of themes and sources, this is the first work to integrate the study of politics, culture, society and memory across central-eastern Europe. --Book Jacket
While the West has repeatedly been sold images of a victorious people's revolution in 1989, the idea that dictatorship has been truly overcome is foreign to many in the former Communist bloc. In this wide-ranging work, James Mark examines how new democratic societies are still divided by the past. Some view 1989 as a betrayal and defeat, and continue an ̀unfinished struggle' against the former regime; others seek to heal the divisions of history; and ex-Communists proclaim themselves to be the real liberators from dictatorship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-290) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Collective memory -- Europe, Central.
Collective memory -- Europe, Eastern.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Europe, Central.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Europe, Eastern.
Memory -- Social aspects -- Europe, Central.
Memory -- Social aspects -- Europe, Eastern.
Post-communism -- Europe, Central.
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Europe, Central -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Europe, Eastern -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300170114 (electronic bk.)
9780300170115 (electronic bk.)