Political Theory

Tyranny, Resistance, and Voices of Liberty in East Central Europe


Relying heavily on documentary films drawn from East European archives, the colloquium explored the different resistance strategies people of this region used against both National Socialist and Communist oppressors.


Conference Readings

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence and Repression in Communist States. Edited by Paul Hollander. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2007.

Stanchev, Krassen. “Goriani – the ‘Forest Folks’.”

Applebaum, Anne. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956. New York: Doubleday, 2012.

Bauer, Yehuda. “Standing Up Against Genocide. Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.” Soeterbeeck Programme of the Radboud University Nijmegen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJxq5rYdnzI (January 25, 2013).

Bielecki, Czeslaw. “Freedom: A Do-It-Yourself Manual.” International Center for Non-Violent Conflict. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEqQYCgKdBA (June 26, 2012).

Havel, Vaclav. Open Letters: Selected Writings 1965-1990. New York: Vintage, 1992.

Molloy, Peter and Lucy Hetherington. “The Kingdom of Forgetting.” BBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6AjYvXRhew (August 21, 2015).

Onyshko, Olha and Sarah Farhat. “Three Stories of Galicia.” Sense Film Production, LLC. http://www.threestoriesofgalicia.com (2010).

Petrescu, Cristina and Dragoş Petrescu. “Resistance and Dissent under Communism – The Case of Romania.” Totalitarismus und Demokratie 2 (2005): 323–346.

Sirc, Ljubo. Between Hitler and Tito: Nazi Occupation and Communist Oppression. London: Andre Deutsch, 1989.

Snyder, Timothy. Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books, 2012.

Tizin, Nayo. “Prague Spring, Sofia Summer – 1968.” Open Society Institute, Civil Society Trust for Central and Eastern Europe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjRdXJYvdk (2008).

Todorov, Tzvetan. Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps. Translated by Arthur Denner and Abigail Pollak. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1996.

Venclova, Tomas. “My letter to the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party (1975).” Letter to the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party. http://www.webofstories.com/play/tomas.venclova/47 ( ).