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The Power of Freedom

The Power of Freedom
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"The Power of Freedom" describes a gripping journey through the history of Central and Eastern Europe, mapping the anticommunist resistance and the changes of 1989. It offers a detailed analysis of alternative models of post-communist transition and successful integration of Central and Eastern European countries into the Euro–Atlantic structures. It is a book about courage and solidarity. It is also a book about freedom and democracy winning over fear and oppression.

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Оглавление
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • On the other side of the curtain
  • The old New Europe
  • Between two evils: Central and Eastern Europe during the Second World War
  • Back to the shadow: the Communist takeover and the Red Terror
  • Usual Communism
  • East and West compared
  • Towards Freedom! The Fight against Communist Domination
  • The fight begins: the start of the Cold War
  • The forgotten war: armed resistance to Communism 1944-1956
  • East Germany 1953
  • The lost opportunity: 1956
  • Prague, 1968
  • Turning the tide: a Polish Pope and Solidarity
  • Winning the Cold War
  • A new start: the Singing Revolution
  • 1989: revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The fall of the Soviet Empire
  • The new start
  • The heavy heritage of Communism
  • Out of the Red fog: political developments in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism
  • Just do it: economic and political reforms in transition countries during the 1990s
  • The Vilnius Express: the former Communists return to power
  • In from the cold: the results of the reforms at the end of the millennium
  • First lessons
  • Europe’s historic unification
  • First steps back to Europe
  • The crucial Copenhagen Council
  • Applications for accession and different paces in Luxembourg
  • Negotiations and the decision in favour of ‘Big Bang’ enlargement
  • The people say yes
  • The end of a divided Europe
  • NATO becomes the central axis of security
  • Western allies and Russia
  • NATO’s Baltic dilemma
  • Breakthrough and NATO enlargement
  • Freedom works: Central and Eastern Europe during the new millennium
  • Politics as usual: political developments in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Economic development in Central and Eastern Europe during the new millennium
  • The results of 20 years of freedom
  • Freedom still works: new challenges for a ‘new’ Europe
  • Conclusion
  • Annex 1
  • Annex 1
  • Annex 2
  • Annex 2
  • Annex 3
  • Annex 3
  • Annex 4
  • Annex 4
  • Annex 5
  • Annex 5
  • Annex 6
  • Annex 6
  • Annex 7
  • Annex 7
  • Annex 8
  • Annex 8
  • Annex 9
  • Annex 9
  • References
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