Edited By Irena Grudzinska-Gross and Andrzej W. Tymowski
The Dilemmas of Dissidence: The Politics of Opposition in East-Central Europe: Tony Judt
The Dilemmas of Dissidence: The Politics of Opposition in East-Central Europe*
“It is not necessary,” said the priest, “to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.”
“A melancholy conclusion,” said K. “It turns lying into a universal principle.”
Franz Kafka, The Trial
Although ostensibly confined to the issue of opposition and dissent in contemporary East-Central Europe, this article is also intended as a contribution to our understanding of the transformation of this region in the last two decades. In this period so much has happened that many of the old categories of description and analysis are sterile, perhaps redundant. New issues have arisen about which little is written in the West, and of particular importance is the way in which the very terms of social debate in Eastern Europe have undergone radical transformation. By restricting myself to a consideration of the developments within the opposition, I hope nonetheless to cast some light on wider matters.
That this subject is of central significance is surely beyond dispute. No longer is it possible to discuss political struggles or social movements in the terms current as recently as, say, 1975. Moreover, there is almost no subject of argument or ← 31 | 32 → concern in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and perhaps even the DDR which has not been altered beyond recognition by the new issues raised by the opposition or, even more to the point, by the way...
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