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People Power and the End of the Cold War


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Speaker(s): Professor Sir Adam Roberts
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Recorded on 12 November 2009 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Was the end of the Cold War a victory for power politics, or for people power? Twenty years after the opening of the Berlin Wall, debate continues about what factors sealed the fate of the Soviet system in eastern and central Europe, and eventually in the Soviet Union itself. Non-violent popular movements -- especially in Poland, East Germany and Czechoslovakia -- played a significant part in the events. How did they relate to other forms of power, and what was their effect on the shaping of the post-Cold War world?

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