Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2001

Publication Source

Theory and Society

Volume

30

Issue

4

Start Page

539

Last Page

589

DOI

10.1023/A:1011817231681

Abstract

The year 1989 was rife with resonant political anniversaries in both Eastern Europe and China ̶ as well as being the two-hundredth anniversary of France’s first great democratic revolution. Democracy and the future of socialism were on many peoples’ minds. Communist elites hoped to use these anniversaries as opportunities to celebrate the triumphs of the last forty years, but dissidents found these anniversaries even more auspicious as occasions to condemn “really existing” socialism. As a result, popular revolts erupted from Beijing to Berlin.

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Comments

NOTE: At the time of publication, author Guobin Yang was affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 21 November 2013