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The Legacy of Charter 77: Dissent, the Helsinki Effect and the Emergence of a European Public Space

 

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Type:   Part or chapter of a book
 
Title:   The Legacy of Charter 77: Dissent, the Helsinki Effect and the Emergence of a European Public Space
 
Author(s):   Rupnik, Jacques (1950-...) - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
 
In:   Czech Literature. Possibilities and Limits of Freedom: Charter 77, Underground Culture, and Exile
 
Date issued:   2017-12
 
Publisher:   Brno  :  Moravian Library
 
Pages:   7-13  p.
 
ISBN:   9788070512326
 
Keywords:   [en] Czech Republic, Charter 77, Europe, public space, Velvet Revolution
 
Abstract:   [en] In 1956 Leszek Kolakowski published a famous essay entitled "What is alive and what is dead in the socialist idea"? Today, 40 years after the death of Jan Patocka, the first spokesman of the Charter 77, we can ask: What is alive and what is dead in the Charter legacy and, more broadfly that of Central European dissent?
The question concerning these legacies are by no means just a mater for historians, but have relevance for those in Europe and beyond who seek to understand the background to the changes of 1989 and the reinvention of democracy in Central Europe after communism. And the perceptions have not always been congruent in Prague and abroad.
 
 

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