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Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989 Patricia J Smith

Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989

Patricia J Smith

Published November 6th 2014
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Kindle Edition
384 pages
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Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989 tells the inspiring story of a small group of activists who mobilized the East German movement for democratic reforms, brought down the East German state, and changed the world. The bookMoreRevolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989 tells the inspiring story of a small group of activists who mobilized the East German movement for democratic reforms, brought down the East German state, and changed the world. The book focuses on one year—1989—in one city—Leipzig, East Germany. The mostly young activists of Leipzig had experienced the injustices of the East German political system, and when they took action to fi ght for free press, fair elections, and free assembly, activists in other East German cities followed suit. By autumn 1989 their small-scale protests promoting democratic reforms had grown to massive demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands, and ultimately the Berlin Wall fell. Their nonviolent demonstrations had prevailed. Erich Mielke, head of the infamous East German security police, the Stasi, later commented, “We were prepared for everything except for candles and prayers.” Appearing in autumn 2014, 25 years after the East European revolutions of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the book provides important insights about democratic revolutions and the end of the Cold War.