DEMOCRACY & IRON CURTAIN.
Evaluates movement toward democracy in Romania & Soviet Union through early 1991, with negative conclusion.
The year 1989 was, as proclaimed in the American mass media, a banner year for democracy. Across Eastern Europe, Soviet-backed Communist regimes... more
The year 1989 was, as proclaimed in the American mass media, a banner year for democracy. Across Eastern Europe, Soviet-backed Communist regimes crumbled, peacefully for the most part. A "velvet revolution" rose to power in Czechoslovakia. The Berlin wall crumbled. Solidarity took charge in Poland. In the independent but repressive Communist country of Romania, the "democratic" revolution triumphed a harder way, with the rising against and bloody fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. In the Soviet Union itself, Mikhail Gorbachev aligned himself solidly with the liberal elements in Soviet society, and the country moved rapidly towards a more open political order. Only in China, with the massacre in and around Tienanmen Square, did the tide towards democracy seem to be momentarily arrested in 1989. But the enthusiasm about democracy's progress was, for a time, heady.