Pushing Back The Curtain

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199C011979 To 1985 - The Cracks Appear19990930

Ten years ago, Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe.

In six programmes, historian Misha Glenny talks to decision-makers and ordinary people about the extraordinary story of the liberation of Eastern Europe.

1: `1979 to 1985 - the Cracks Appear'.

Ten million Poles join the independent trade union Solidarity, and there are secret meetings in Bonn between Hungarian Communists and the West German chancellor.

199C021985 To 1989 - Round The Table19991007

Ten years after the collapse after Communism, historian Misha Glenny talks to decision-makers and ordinary people about the extraordinary story of the liberation of eastern Europe.

2: `1985 to 1989 - round the Table'.

The Communist authorities in Poland and Hungary are forced into dialogue with the opposition.

Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in the Kremlin.

199C03Early Summer 1989 - Breaking The Bloc19991014

Ten years ago, Communism collapsed in eastern Europe.

In six programmes, historian Misha Glenny talks to decision makers and ordinary people about the liberation of eastern Europe.

3: `Early Summer 1989 - Breaking the Bloc'.

Solidarity wins the elections in Poland; 100,000 Hungarians take to the streets for the burial of Imre Nagy, leader of the 1956 uprising; and thousands of Germans begin to leave East Germany.

199C04Germany, Autumn 1989 - The Wall Falls19991021

In six programmes, historian Misha Glenny talks to decision-makers and ordinary people about the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe ten years ago.

4: `Germany, Autumn 1989 - the Wall Falls'.

Gorbachev visits BERLIN for the GDR's fortieth anniversary and encourages change.

There are demonstrations in BERLIN and Leipzig.

A slip of the tongue leads to the opening of the Wall.

199C05Czechoslovakia, November 1989 - A Velvet Con?19991028

Six programmes in which Misha Glenny talks to decision makers and ordinary people about the collapse of Communism in eastern Europe ten years ago.

5: `Czechoslovakia, November 1989 - a Velvet Con?' Heavily controlled and oppressed Czechoslovakia erupts on 17 November.

Students, intellectuals and workers rise up.

By the end of December writer and dissident Vaclav Havel is president.

199C06Romania, December 1989 - Blood On The Barricades19991104

The last of the series in which Misha Glenny talks to decision makers and ordinary people about the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe ten years ago.

`Romania, December 1989 - Blood on the Barricades'.

The overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was the last revolution of 1989 and the bloodiest.

The tyrant was shot, but were the citizens on the barricades duped by a sinister Communist cabal?