The Consequences of the System Transformation of 1989 in Poland by Prof. Antoni Dudek
The Opposition Movement in Slovakia in the Period of Normalisation by Beata Katrebova-Blehova, Phd
Regime Change in Hungary by Prof. Ignác Romsics
The Two Sides of Regime Change – the Hungarian Experience by Bálint Ablonczy
From Dissidence To Neoliberalism? Reflections on the Human Rights Legacy of 1989 by Robert Brier, Phd
Revolution By Song: Choral Singing And Political Change in Estonia by Joseph M. Ellis, Keeley Wood
The Polish Pro-independence Diaspora in the West in the Face of the Political Breakthrough of 1989 by Paweł Gotowiecki, Phd
Book Review by Przemysław Furgacz: Russian Spies. From Stalin to Putin by Patrick Pesnot
Book Review by Paweł Jaworski: The Stockholm “Solidarity” Memoirs
Conference Report by Dominik Pick: European Year of History. Turning Points in the 20th Century European History. Europe between War and Peace 1914–2004
It is our great pleasure to present you with the 3rd Special Issue of Remembrance and Solidarity. Studies in 20th Century European History magazine. It is devoted to the “second” anniversary being celebrated in this “extraordinary year” of European remembrance, which is the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. The careful observer can see that the anniversary referred to above, at least in Western Europe, has been pushed into the background by the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. However, the year of 1989, while symbolizing events less dramatic, bloody and harrowing as those of 1914, would seem to be of similar significance in terms of periodization of European history. In fact, a number of historians subscribe to the belief articulated by Eric Hobsbawm that 1914 marked the beginning of “the short 20th century”, which symbolically ended in 1989. In light of recent events in the eastern part of Europe, I would like to express my wish that Hobsbawm be proven correct in his belief that “the age of extremes” has come to a close.
Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in 20th Century European History is inviting articles for the upcoming special issue of the journal devoted to the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism.
The issue will touch upon the topic of the fall of communism, its imprint on young people, historian and eyewitnesses of regime change. We would like you to examine and discuss political, economic, social and cultural consequences of this annus mirabilis. We invite experienced and young scholars to submit articles, books reviews or conference reports which will be an attempt to assess legacy of 1989.