The Velvet Revolution

30 Years After

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová and Olga Sommerová

The Velvet Revolution

Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová and Olga Sommerová

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Featuring Interviews with Daniel Kroupa, Jolyon Naegele, and Jan Sokol
Translated by Ian Finlay Stone
144 pages | 83 halftones | 8 x 10 1/4
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9788024644486 Will Publish January 2020 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
On the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that toppled the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia from November to December 1989, this book gathers dissident academics, a student leader, and a foreign correspondent to discuss the revolution. These interviews, however, are not just the recollections of participants—they are also deliberations on the history of Czechoslovakia, the fall of the Soviet Union from the perspective of Central Europe, and the values that form the Czech nation. Accompanied by a wealth of photographs and a detailed chronology, the book documents the events leading up to that fateful month and the path Czechs and Slovaks have taken since. As the interviews and interviewers represent a diverse variety of professions, generations, and opinions, The Velvet Revolution: 30 Years After offers a multifaceted meditation upon one of the most dynamic periods in recent history.
Contents
Preface /11 Jan Sokol /15 Daniel Kroupa /31 Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová /49 Jolyon Naegele /73 Photography Section /93 The Path to November 1989. Chronological Overview /131 Sources and Literature /137 List of Photographs /138 About the Authors /142
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