The Unfinished Revolution
Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe
Imprint: Yale University Press
While the West has repeatedly been sold images of a victorious people’s revolution in 1989, the idea that dictatorship has been truly overcome is foreign to many in the former Communist bloc. In this wide-ranging work, James Mark examines how new democratic societies are still divided by the past.
"The role of history in this battle, fought out in both the political arena and scarred personal psychologies, is [intricate], and Mark traces these complexities with skill."—Foreign Affairs~Foreign Affairs
"Unﬁnished Revolution is one of the best books on east European communism in the last few years."—Padraic Kenney, Slavic Review~Padraic Kenney, Slavic Review
"Mark uses oral history in this delightful book to get at the debates over collaboration and agency under the ancien regime, especially in Hungary and Poland."—J.K. Cox, Choice~J.K. Cox, Choice
Included on the six-strong shortlist for this year's Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award (UK Award)~Book of the Year Award Shortlist, Longman-History