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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

The Velvet Revolution

30 Years After

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.

144 pages | 83 halftones | 8 x 10 1/4

History: European History


“This unique and absorbing book commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. . . . The book concludes with an extensive set of fascinating photographs covering all aspects of that year's revolutionary political activity.”


Table of 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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