Cover Osteuropa English Articles/2015

In Web Special

Between past and future
Central European dissent in historical perspective

Barbara J. Falk

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Lockean liberalism emphasized toleration of religion and other dissenting social practices. Yet in the Marxian critique of liberal freedoms, dissent was seen solely in terms of class struggle: social harmony could be achieved in a classless society, not a pluralist one. According to Barbara Falk, the severance of dissent and toleration has obscured the liberal roots of eastern European dissidence.

(Web Special, pp. 1–11)

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