The Roundtable Talks of 1989: The Genesis of Hungarian Democracy : Analysis and Documents

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Andr?s Boz?ki
Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 431 pages
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This is the first book in English which provides comprehensive analysis and documentary history on the Roundtable Talks, the major event of the "negotiated revolution" of Hungary. These negotiations occurred during the summer months of 1989 between the representatives of the Communist Party, the Opposition Roundtable, and the so-called Third Side (which brought some pro-Communist satellite organizations together). The authors believe that the Roundtable Talks constituted the hub of the revolutionary transformation.
 

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Contents

The Politics of the Roundtable Talks
3
The Metamorphosis of the MSZMPs Tactics in the Democratic Transition
41
Participants in the Hungarian Roundtable Talks of 1989
71
The InstitutionBuilding Process
107
The Debate on The Party Law
137
The Negotiated Origins of the Hungarian Electoral System
165
Roundtable Talks in Context Historical and Comparative Analysis
191
Regime Change and the Tradition of 1956
211
Proposal of the Opposition Roundtable to the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party April 19th 1989
283
Agreement on the Commencement of National Roundtable Talks June 10th 1989
287
Opening Plenary Meeting of the National Roundtable Talks June 13th 1989
293
Agreement among Members of the National Roundtable on the Thematic Structure and Schedule of the Talks June 21st 1989
311
Plenary Session of the National Roundtable Talks June 21st 1989
313
Plenary Session of the National Roundtable Talks September 18th 1989
335
Agreement Concluding the Political Reconciliation Talks June 13th to September 18th 1989 September 18th 1989
359
Chronology of the Hungarian Roundtable Talks January 1989April 1990
365

The Roundtables Democratic Institutions and the Problem of Justice
223
The International Background of the Political Transition in Hungary 198890
237
Introduction to the Documents
275
Proclamation of the Independent Lawyers Forum to the Organizations of the Opposition March 151989
279
Biographies of the Key Participants
385
Selected Bibliography
411
Name and Place Index
423
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