Cover Osteuropa 11/2010

In Osteuropa 11/2010
Teil des Lesepaket Politikwissenschaft

Dissent and Political Theory
Lessons from East Central Europe

Barbara J. Falk

Deutsche Fassung


The East Central European dissident movements of the 1970s and 1980s constitute a special chapter in the history of dissenting thinking. They also make a substantial contribution to political theory. The most important legacy of the East Central European dissident movements is the effectiveness of non-violence on political transformation. The experiences of 1989 have “revolutionised” the comparative study of revolutions. But the contribution made by dissident movements is frequently one-dimensional or falsely understood.

(Osteuropa 11/2010, pp. 5–28)