Dissidents in Communist Central Europe

Human Rights and the Emergence of New Transnational Actors

  • Kacper Szulecki

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
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  4. Kacper Szulecki
    Pages 39-63
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-242

About this book


This monograph traces the history of the dissident as a transnational phenomenon, exploring Soviet dissidents in Communist Central Europe from the mid-1960s until 1989. It argues that our understanding of the transnational activist would not be what it is today without the input of Central European oppositionists and ties the term to the global emergence and evolution of human rights. The book examines how we define dissidents and explores the association of political resistance to authoritarian regimes, as well as the impact of domestic and international recognition of the dissident figure. Turning to literature to analyse the meaning and impact of the dissident label, the book also incorporates interviews and primary accounts from former activists. Combining a unique theoretical approach with new empirical material, this book will appeal to students and scholars of contemporary history, politics and culture in Central Europe. 


Activism Soviet regime Authoritarianism Rebel Second half of the twentieth century Eastern Europe Central Europe Czechoslovakia Poland Hungary East-West

Authors and affiliations

  • Kacper Szulecki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22612-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22613-8
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