Liberty and Society in the Revolutions of 1989-1991


In 2009–11 the countries of Central Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union marked the twentieth anniversaries of the opening of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Communist political and economic order. The stunning speed and generally peaceful nature of the revolutions, to say nothing of their ultimate causes, are all topics of debate. This conference reviewed the events of the revolutionary years of 1989–91 and investigated the developments in the area thereafter.


Conference Readings

Anders Aslund. "Comparative Oligarchy: Russia, Ukraine and the United States." CASE Studies and Analysis (2005): 4-17.

Anne Applebaum. "The Fate of Individual Liberty in Post-Communist Europe." American Spectator (April 2008): 1-14.

Chirot, Daniel, "What Happened in Eastern Europe in 1989?." in The Crisis of Leninism and the Decline of the Left: The Revolutions of 1989, Edited by Daniel Chirot, 3-32. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1990.

Harris, Ralph. "Property Rights in Eastern Europe." House of Lords Debate, London, England, UK, April 29, 1998. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199798/ldhansrd/vo980429/text/80429-07.htm#80429-07_head0 (accessed March 1, 2010) .

Havel, Vaclav. “Politics and conscience.” Vaclav Havel. http://www.vaclavhavel.cz/index.php?sec=2&id=1&setln=2 (June 1, 2009).

Ken Jowitt, "The Leninist Legacy." in Eastern Europe in Revolution, Edited by Ivo Banac, 207-224. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.

Leszek Balcerowicz. "Institutions and Convergence." CASE Studies and Analysis: 1-30.

Ljubo Sirc. "What Must Gorbachev Do?: A Discussion Paper." CRCE Occasional Papers (March 1989): 3-27.

Ramet, Sabrina P. The Liberal Project and the Transformation of Democracy. The Case of East Central Europe. College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University Press, 2007.

Rostow, William W., "Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union: A Technological Time Warp." in The Crisis of Leninism and the Decline of the Left: The Revolutions of 1989, Edited by Daniel Chirot, 60-73. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1990.

Rubin, Paul H., "Promises, Promises: Contracts in Russia and other Post-Communist Economies." in Classical Liberalism and Civil Society, Edited by Charles K. Rowley, 11-31-11-53. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 1997.

Schweizer, Peter, "Reagan Makes Gorbachov Possible." in Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism, edited by Peter Schweizer, 231-246. New York: Anchor Books, 2003.

Stark, David and Laszlo Bruszt, "The Privatization Debate: From Plan to Market or from Plan to Clan?." in Post Socialist Pathways: Transforming Politics and Property in East Central Europe, Edited by David Stark and Laszlo Bruszt, 51-79. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Stefan Auer. "The revolutions of 1989 revisited." Eurozine-OstEurope (June 2004): 1-17. http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2004-06-14-auer-en.html (accessed June 1, 2009).

Tismaneanu, Vladimir. Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism, and Myth in Post-Communist Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.