James Krapfl, Revolution with a Human Face. Politics, Culture and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992

Culik, J. (2014) James Krapfl, Revolution with a Human Face. Politics, Culture and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992. Canadian Slavonic Papers, 56(3-4), pp. 356-357. [Book Review]

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Abstract

A review of a publication which examines why "revolutions always fail", using the example of the 1989 "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia, which was motivated, as the author concludes, not by a desire to introduce "capitalism", but by a desire to create a regime based on humanity, non-violence, pluralism, dialogue and direct democracy. There were to be regular checks on institutional power and free elections at all levels, not just in politics, but also in workplaces. The only place where this type of democracy has survived in the Czech Republic is in the University system, where Vice-Chancellors and Faculty Deans are still elected by the academic body.

Item Type:Book Reviews
Keywords:Czechoslovakia, history, Velvet Revolution, 1989, fall of communism, democracy.
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Culik, Dr Jan
Authors: Culik, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
Journal Name:Canadian Slavonic Papers
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0008-5006
ISSN (Online):2375-2475

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