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The lost treasure of the revolution
Hannah Arendt, totalitarianism, and the revolutions in central Europe: 1956, 1968, 1989

Stefan Auer

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Hannah Arendt's writings on the 1956 Hungary uprising might give the impression that it was the first velvet revolution in central and eastern Europe. In other words, Arendt wrote about a revolution that had not yet taken place. Despite this misjudgement, Arendt's theoretical insights into the relationship between power and violence are more than ever relevant to an understanding of both the uprising itself and the role of the public memory of it after 1989.

(Web Special, pp. 1–12)

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