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There Is No Freedom Without Bread!: 1989 and the Civil War That Brought Down Communism

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The conventional story of the end of the cold war focuses on the geopolitical power struggle between the United States and the USSR: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent the USSR, and forced Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

In There Is No Freedom Without Bread!, a daring revisionist account of that seminal year, the Russian-bor

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Lauren Albert
May 13, 2011 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this a surprising look at the events leading up to and including the 1989 overthrow of communism. Pleshakov disagrees with the usual interpretation of events--that the communist countries were entirely under the thumb of the Soviet Union and overturned its power in 1989. "There is nothing in the story," he writes, "to support the conventional image of the good masses throwing off Moscow. Rebellion was a domestic matter. Eastern Europeans were, naturally, very happy to see the Soviets go, ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Finally, Eastern European scholars are using Eastern European archival material to recast 1989 as a complex and non-monolithic struggle between generations of communist leaders, regional struggles amongst Poland, Hungary and their poorer neighbors, and internal cultural and religious disputes involving the pope and Bulgarian Muslim Turks.
Lee
Mar 08, 2010 Lee rated it liked it
Interesting to read that Communism in Eastern Europe was not instituted by the Red Army or the Soviets, but as a popular response to the failures of the immediately-postwar governments?

Aside from some political quibbles like that, it read very well, and flowed nicely through the events of the 1980s, when the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact were fading faster than anyone knew.

Nick Wallace
May 04, 2011 Nick Wallace rated it really liked it
A great revisionist account of the origins and dissolution of the communist governments in Eastern Europe.
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Very readable account of the end of communism in Eastern Europe. A revisionist explanation of why what happened from a leading proffesor/history writer of Russian history.
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