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The curtain rises : oral histories of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe /
Susan Shapiro with Ronald Shapiro ; foreword by Elizabeth Lorant.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. ; London : McFarland & Co., c2004.
description
vii, 231 p.
ISBN
0786416726 (alk. paper : softcover)
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Jefferson, N.C. ; London : McFarland & Co., c2004.
isbn
0786416726 (alk. paper : softcover)
contents note
The curtain opens -- România (Romania) -- Magyarország (Hungary) -- Česká republika (Czech Republic) -- Lietuva (Lithuania) -- Republika Makedonija (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
5107055
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Much has been written about how the authoritarianism of the Communist era gave way to more open societies in the former Soviet bloc countries, yet little has been said about how individuals in these countries have been affected and how they contributed to the changes in their societies. How does the relationship between husband and wife change when planned economy gives way to financial incertitude? When all are free to speak their minds publicly, are children more likely to do so at home or at school? How do the elderly adjust to new laws and fewer pensions?This book describes, in their own words, the lives of everyday people in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia as they struggled under Soviet domination, as they endured the revolutions in their respective countries, and as they now adapt to a free world society. These individuals, struggling with philosophical, political, educational, cultural, and spiritual adjustments, are entrepreneurs, political activists, scientists, and teachers. They are assuming leadership roles in local politics and implementing reforms in the schools. The book includes photographs, maps, and short introductory national histories.
Main Description
This book describes, in their own words, the lives of ordinary people in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia as they struggled under Soviet domination, as they endured the revolutions in their respective countries, and as they now adapt to a free world society. These individuals, struggling with philosophical, political, educational, cultural and spiritual adjustments, are entrepreneurs, political activists, scientists and teachers. They are assuming leadership roles in local politics and implementing reforms in the schools. The book includes photographs, maps and short national histories.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
Behind the Curtainp. 5
Romania (Romania)p. 25
Historyp. 25
Faces from a Unique Landp. 26
Dan and Simona Baciup. 28
Marta and Miklos Jakobovitsp. 60
Marius Matesp. 76
Magyarorszag (Hungary)p. 97
Historyp. 97
Eva Monspart and Rudi Ungvaryp. 98
Ceska Republika (Czech Republic)p. 122
Historyp. 122
Vera and Ivan Janikp. 123
Lietuva (Lithuania)p. 149
Historyp. 149
Zina and Alfredas Baltrenaip. 150
Republika Makedonija (The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)p. 179
Historyp. 179
Darko Jordanov and Herbi Elmazip. 180
Epiloguep. 219
Mapsp. 221
Indexp. 225
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