Start Date

20-4-2017 12:45 PM

End Date

20-4-2017 2:00 AM

Disciplines

European History | Political History

Subjects

Czechoslovakia -- History -- Velvet Revolution (1989), Czechoslovakia -- Politics and government -- 1968-1989, Revolutions -- Communist countries -- History -- 20th century, Dissenters -- Czechoslovakia -- History

Abstract

The 1989 Velvet Revolution is fairly unknown against the tumultuous historical backdrop of the Communist controlled Eastern Bloc in the second half of the twentieth century. However, it is arguably one of the most important events in the history of Czechoslovakia and remains as a powerful testament of the power of the people. This paper explores the collaboration of university students and established intellectuals in the forty years that Czechoslovakia was controlled by the Soviets, and examines how a bloodless uprising removed one of the world’s greatest entities in a peaceful transfer of power.

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Apr 20th, 12:45 PM Apr 20th, 2:00 AM

A Collaborative Work: The Role of University Students and Dissidents in Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution

The 1989 Velvet Revolution is fairly unknown against the tumultuous historical backdrop of the Communist controlled Eastern Bloc in the second half of the twentieth century. However, it is arguably one of the most important events in the history of Czechoslovakia and remains as a powerful testament of the power of the people. This paper explores the collaboration of university students and established intellectuals in the forty years that Czechoslovakia was controlled by the Soviets, and examines how a bloodless uprising removed one of the world’s greatest entities in a peaceful transfer of power.