The Roundtable Talks and the Breakdown of Communism
These essays capture the historical circumstances of these countries—their traditions, customs, and the balance of influence between competing factions—that often took precedence over constitutional ideals. In five country-specific reports, senior scholars provide detailed accounts of the talks in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the German Democratic Republic. Also included is an essay on the political factors underlying the failure of negotiations between reform groups and the Chinese regime, providing an illuminating counterpoint to the path taken in Eastern Europe.
This book is an invaluable resource for scholars of constitutional design and democratization and for specialists in Eastern Europe.
1: The Roundtable Talks in Poland
2: The Roundtable Talks in Hungary
3: The Roundtable Talks in the German Democratic Republic
Ulrich K. Preuss
4: The Roundtable Talks in Czechoslovakia
5: The Roundtable Talks in Bulgaria
Rumyana Kolarova, Dimitr Dimitrov.
6: The Tiananmen Tragedy: The State-Society Relationship, Choices, and
Mechanisms in Historical Perspective