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By Miroslav Vanek, Pavel Mücke

The Velvet Revolution in November 1989 led to the cave in of the authoritarian communist regime in what used to be then Czechoslovakia, marking the start of the country's trip in the direction of democracy. even though individuals of the elite have spoken in regards to the transition to democracy, the reviews of standard humans have principally long past untold.

In Velvet Revolutions, Miroslav Vanek and Pavel Mücke study the values of daily electorate who lived below so-called genuine socialism, in addition to how their values replaced after the 1989 cave in. in accordance with three hundred interviews, Vanek and Mücke provide voice to everybody from farmers to managers, carrier staff to advertising and marketing group of workers, guide employees to participants of the militia. Compelling and numerous, the oral histories comment on the adventure - and shortage - of freedom, the worth of friends and family, the event of loose time, and perceptions of overseas international locations. facts from opinion polls carried out among 1970 and 2013 issue into the book's research, making a well-rounded view of the ways that renowned options, developments, and attitudes replaced as Czech society transitioned from communism to democracy.

From this wealthy origin, Velvet Revolutions builds a multi-layered view of Czech heritage sooner than 1989 and through the next interval of democratic transformation.

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