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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism

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The collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe--the Revolution of 1989--was a singularly stunning event in a century already known for the unexpected. How did people divided for two generations by an Iron Curtain come so suddenly to dance together atop the Berlin Wall? Why did people who had once seemed resigned to their fate suddenly take their future into their own hands? Some analysts have explained the Revolution in economic terms, arguing that the Warsaw Pact countries could no longer compete with the West. But as George Weigel argues in this thought-provoking volume, people don't put their lives, and their children's futures, in harm's way simply for better cars, refrigerators, and TVs. Something else--something more--had to happen behind the iron curtain before the Wall came tumbling down.

In The Final Revolution, Weigel argues that that "something" was a revolution of conscience. The human turn to the good, to the truly human, and, ultimately, to God, was the key to the political Revolution of 1989. Weigel provides an in-depth exploration of how the Catholic Church shaped the moral revolution inside the political revolution. Drawing on extensive interviews with key leaders of the human rights and resistance movements, he opens a unique window into the soul of the Revolution and into the hearts and minds of those who shaped this stirring vindication of the human spirit. Weigel also examines the central role played by Pope John Paul II in confronting what Václav Havel called communism's "culture of the lie," and he suggests what the future role of the Church might be in consolidating democracy in the countries of the old Warsaw Pact.

The "final revolution" is not the end of history, Weigel concludes. It is the human quest for a freedom that truly satisfies the deepest yearnings of the human heart. The Final Revolution illustrates how that quest changed the face of the twentieth century and redefined world politics in the year of miracles, 1989.

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- A noted Catholic thinker offers a unique perspective on the collapse of Communism- Asserts that the key to the western Revolution of 1989 was the Catholic Church- Documents the role of the Christian churches in making the Revolution civil, nonviolent, and democratic- Analyzes the importance of religion to such figures as Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel- Considers the ongoing role of the Church in the process of democratic consolidation

About the Author

George Weigel is President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. A graduate of St. Mary's Seminary and University of Baltimore and the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, he is the author of editor of twelve books on religion and public life, and is in frequent demand as a lecturer, columnist, and media commentator on American politics, foreign policy, and Catholic affairs.

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9780195166644
Author:
Weigel, George
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, George
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Religion and Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Politics and government.
Subject:
Communism and Christianity -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Edition Number:
revised
Series Volume:
Lectures on the Hist
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9 x 0.9 in 0.925 lb

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