The Unfinished Revolution (Hardcover)

Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe

By James Mark

Yale University Press, 9780300167160, 344pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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While the West has repeatedly been sold images of a victorious people’s revolution in 1989, the idea that dictatorship has been truly overcome is foreign to many in the former Communist bloc. In this wide-ranging work, James Mark examines how new democratic societies are still divided by the past.

About the Author

James Mark is senior lecturer in history at the University of Exeter.

Praise For The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe

"The role of history in this battle, fought out in both the political arena and scarred personal psychologies, is [intricate], and Mark traces these complexities with skill."—Foreign Affairs

— Foreign Affairs

"Unfinished Revolution is one of the best books on east European communism in the last few years."—Padraic Kenney, Slavic Review

— Padraic Kenney

"Mark uses oral history in this delightful book to get at the debates over collaboration and agency under the ancien regime, especially in Hungary and Poland."—J.K. Cox, Choice

— J.K. Cox

Included on the six-strong shortlist for this year's Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award (UK Award)

— Book of the Year Award Shortlist