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Author Wydra, Harald.

Title Communism and the emergence of democracy / Harald Wydra.

Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.532094 WYDR    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 314 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Communism and democracy - a problematisation -- 2. Revolutions, transitions, and uncertainty -- 3. The political symbolism of communism -- 4. Experiencing democratic transformations -- 5. The rise of Bolshevik power -- 6. The emergence of the Cold War -- 7. The articulation of dissidence -- 8. The collapse of communism -- 9. The power of memory -- 10. The future that failed -- 11. Democracy as a civilising process.
Summary "Before democracy becomes an institutionalised form of political authority, the rupture with authoritarian forms of power causes deep uncertainty about power and outcomes. This book connects the study of democratisation in eastern Europe and Russia to the emergence and crisis of communism. Wydra argues that the communist past is not simply a legacy but needs to be seen as a social organism in gestation, where critical events produce new expectations, memories, and symbols that influence meanings of democracy. By examining a series of pivotal historical events, he shows that democratisation is not just a matter of institutional design, but rather a matter of consciousness and leadership under conditions of extreme and traumatic incivility. Rather than adopting the opposition between non-democratic and democratic. Wydra argues that the communist experience must be central to the study of the emergence and nature of democracy in (post-)communist countries."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Communism -- History -- 20th century.
Democratization -- Former communist countries.
Government, Resistance to -- Former communist countries.
Standard Number 9780521851695
ISBN 0521851696 (hbk.)
9780521851695 (hbk.)