Gesta Hungarorum

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Mladen Lazi?
Central European University Press, 1999 M01 1 - 236 pages
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Protest in Belgrade addresses one of the most important social movements of this decade -- the civil and student peace demonstrations which took place in Belgrade during the winter of 1996/97. The demonstrations were the largest ever in history and attracted global media attention.

This in-depth study of a society calling for democracy, is based on interviews with over 1000 civilians and students. The book analyses the empirical findings of the research and presents specific sociological data on matters such as class composition, political and social values, motivations and objectives. A chronology of events is also included.

The book provides an abundance of valuable information for analysts of postsocialist transformation, researchers of social movements and social change and all those concerned with the tragic events in Southeast Europe.


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Potential for an Active Society
General Character of the Protest and Prospects for Democratization in Serbia
Citizens in Protest
Social and Political Consciousness of Protest Participants
The Walks in a Gender Perspective
Value Orientations and Political Attitudes of Participants in the 199697 Student Protest
Comparative Analysis of the 1992 and 199697 Protests
A Generation in Protest
Protest as an Urban Phenomenon
Chronology of the Protest
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Page 51 - ... the Portuguese Revolution of 1974, freeing Africa's last colonies; final defeat for American troops in Vietnam in 1975; and the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979. There were also major social and political crises, even in the capitalist heartland: the Black civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the 1968 student movements in France, Germany, and Mexico. There were also massive workers' strikes in France (May 1968), Italy...
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About the author (1999)

Mladen Lazić is Professor of General Sociology at the Belgrade University. He has published over 70 papers in journals and edited volumes, and is the author or editor of several books.

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