1990s

Not a Second to Spare

The tale may well be apocryphal, but as an allegory it bears repeating. As the democratic revolutionaries led by Vaclav Havel gathered in the Magic Lantern Theater during the November Changes, they recognized that the collapse of the communist regime was as much about inferior economic planning as failed ideology. Well-stocked shelves and disposable consumer incomes would soon be demanded, and given that the economy was ...more »

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1990s

Prescribing Pluralism

Balkan Ghosts author Robert D. Kaplan has described Romania, with some 23 million inhabitants, as "the fulcrum state of Europe." Romanians practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, derive their linguistic roots from the West and have utilized both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabets in the past two centuries. The end of the horrendous Ceaucescu dictatorship on Christmas Eve 1989 presented the outside world with painful ...more »

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