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Revolutions of 1989: Vaclav Havel (1936- )

Havel is best known as a dissident in Czechoslovakia and regarded as one of the most central figures throughout the revolutions of 1989. Coming from a well-established, intellectual Czech family, he started as a playwright.  After the Prague Spring of 1968 he was increasingly involved in politics, and stood at the head of many anti-Comminist activities and initiatives.  This includes "Charter 77," the human rights manifesto. His reputation as one of the leading political and moral leaders of anti-Communist dissident movements catepulted him to the Presidency of Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution. After the so-called "Velvet Divorce," the separation of Czechoslovakia into the Czech and Slovak Republics, he served President of the Czech Republic for another ten years.

 

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Works about Havel

 

"Czech President Vetos Antismoking Law." BMJ: British Medical Journal 310, no. 6993 (1995): 1486-86.

 

"Dissidents and the Fight for Freedom." Journal of Democracy 18, no. 2 (2007): 182-82.

 

"Vaclav Havel, a Disappointed Czech." Economist 356, no. 8190 (2000): 58-58.

 

"Vaclav Havel, Westward Ho!". Economist 346, no. 8064 (1998): 49-49.


"Vaclav Havel: Heir to a Spiritual Legacy. (Cover Story)." Christian Century 107, no. 12 (1990): 368.


"Vaclav Havel's New Year's Address." Orbis 34, no. 2 (1990): 253.


Adam, Krystof. "Our Real Interests." New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs 6, no. 2 (2004): 5-6.


Ambros, Veronika. "Fictional World and Dramatic Text: Vaclav Havel's Descent and Ascent." Style 25, no. 2 (1991): 310.


Baer, Josette. "Imagining Membership: The Conception of Europe in the Political Thought of T. G. Masaryk and Vã¡Clav Havel." Studies in East European Thought 52, no. 3 (2000): 203-26.


Beck, Rosalie, and David W. Hendon. "Notes on Church-State Affairs: Czechoslovakia." Journal of Church & State 32, no. 2 (1990): 446.


Brooks, D. Christopher. "The Art of the Political: Havel's Dramatic Literature as Political Theory." East European Quarterly 39, no. 4 (2005): 491-522.


Carey, Phyllis. "Living in Less: Vaclav Havel's Drama." Cross Currents 42, no. 2 (1992): 200.


Chambers, A., and T. Kahn. "Life Turns Upside Down for Vaclav Havel, out of Jail and in as Czech President." People 33, no. 3 (1990): 44.


Cobb, Kelton. "Ernst Troeltsch and Vaclav Havel on the Ethical Promise of Historical Failure." Journal of Religious Ethics 22, no. 1 (1994): 53.


Duberstein, John. A Velvet Revolution : Václav Havel and the Fall of Communism. Morgan Reynolds Pub., 2006.


Elshtain, Jean Bethke. "A Man for This Season: Vaclav Havel on Freedom and Responsibility." Perspectives on Political Science 21, no. 4 (1992): 207.


———. "Politics without Cliche." Social Research 60, no. 3 (1993): 433-44.


Ericson Jr, Edward E. "Solzhenitsyn, Havel, and the Twenty-First Century." Modern Age 41, no. 1 (1999): 3.


Fawn, Rick. "Reconstituting a National Identity: Ideologies in Czech Foreign Policy after the Split." Journal of Communist Studies & Transition Politics 19, no. 3 (2003): 204-28.


———. "Symbolism in the Diplomacy of Czech President Vaclav Havel." East European Quarterly 33, no. 1 (1999): 1.


Findlay, Edward F. "Classical Ethics and Postmodern Critique: Political Philosophy in Vaclav Havel and Jan Patocka." Review of Politics 61, no. 3 (1999): 403.


Goetz-Stankiewicz, Marketa Carey Phyllis. Critical Essays on Václav Havel. New York: G.K. Hall : Twayne, 1999.


Hammer, Dean C. "Vaclav Havel's Construction of a Democratic Discourse." Philosophy Today 39, no. 2 (1995): 119.


Howard, Paul. "Vaclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern Age." Society 42, no. 6 (2005): 83-86.


Keane, John. Václav Havel : A Political Tragedy in Six Acts. 1st [Basic Books] ed. New York: Basic Books, 2000.


Kriseová, Eda. Václav Havel : The Authorized Biography. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.


Lawler, Peter Augustine. "Havel's Postmodern View of Man in the Cosmos." Perspectives on Political Science 26, no. 1 (1997): 27.


Madigan, Timothy J. "Transcending Havel." Free Inquiry 18, no. 4 (1998): 9.


Martin, Guy. "The Short, Happy Exile of Vaclav Havel." Esquire 119, no. 2 (1993): 84.


McLure, Brian. Havel to the Castle : A Select Bibliography Concerning Vaclav Havel and His Elavation to the Presidency of Czechoslovakia. [Vic., Australia?: State Library of Victoria?, 1990.


Michnik, Adam. "Market, Religion and Nationalism: Fundamentalisms in the New European Order." International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society 8, no. 4 (1995): 525.


Misiarz, Jan. "Vaclav Havel's Concept of Universalism and Europe." Dialogue & Universalism 11, no. 5/6 (2001): 33.


Olasky, Marvin, Philip Furia, and Richard Warch. "'Our Ideas About Poverty Reflect Our Ideas About the Nature of Man'; the Poets of Tin Pan Alley; the Character and Conduct of Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Havel." Chronicle of Higher Education 37, no. 13 (1990): B4-B4.


Pirro, Robert. "Vaclav Havel and the Political Uses of Tragedy." Political Theory 30, no. 2 (2002): 228.


Pontuso, James F. "Havel's Vanek Plays." Perspectives on Political Science 34, no. 1 (2005): 4-15.


———. "Transformation Politics: The Debate between Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus on the Free Market and Civil Society." Studies in East European Thought 54, no. 3 (2002): 153-77.


Pynsent, Robert B. "The Work of Vaclav Havel." Slavonic & East European Review 73, no. 2 (1995): 269-281.

 

Rocamora, Carol. Acts of Courage : Vaclav Havel's Life in the Theater. 1st ed. Hanover, NH: Smith and Kraus, 2005.


Rosenberger, Chandler. "The Dissident Mind: Vã¡Clav Havel as Revolutionary Intellectual." Journal of the Historical Society 6, no. 3 (2006): 465-80.


Rupnik, Jacques. "Vaclav Havel." Civilization 5, no. 2 (1998): 44.


Seaton, Paul. "Vã¡Clav Havel's Federalist Papers: Summer Meditations and the Genuine Concept of Politics." Political Science Reviewer 31, (2002): 183.


Simmons, Michael. The Reluctant President : A Political Life of Vaclav Havel. London: Methuen, 1991.


Symynkywicz, Jeffrey. Vaclav Havel and the Velvet Revolution. 1st ed, People in Focus Series; Variation: People in Focus Book. New Jersey: Dillon Press, 1995.


Tucker, A. "Vaclav Havel's Heideggerianism." Telos no. 85 (1990): 63.


West, Robin. "The Supreme Court 1989 Term Foreword." Harvard Law Review 104, no. 1 (1990): 40.


Wolchik, Sharol L. "Czechoslovakia's 'Velvet Revolution'." Current History 89, no. 551 (1990): 413-37.

 

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Works by Havel

 

Havel, Vaclav. The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice: Speeches and Writings, 1990-1996. 1st edition. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf; distributed by Random House, 1997.


———. "A Call for Sacrifice: The Co-Responsibility of the West." Foreign Affairs 73, no. 2 (1994): 2-7.

 

Havel, Vaclav, Vaclav Klaus, and Petr Pithart. "Civil Society after Communism: Rival Visions." Journal of Democracy 7, no. 1 (1996): 12-23.

 

———. "Civilization's Thin Veneer." Surviving Together 13, no. 3 (1995): 3-5.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Adam Michnik. "Confronting the Past Iii: Justice or Revenge?" Journal of Democracy 4, no. 1 (1993): 20-27.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Miroslav Kusy. "Conversation: In the Realm of Culture." Uncaptive Minds 6, no. 1 (1993): 63-66.

 

______. "'The Culture of Everything'." New York Review of Books 39, no. 10 (1992): 30-30.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Oswaldo Paya. "The Czech Past and the Cuban Future." Journal of Democracy 15, no. 2 (2004): 160-69.

 

______. "[Czech Responses]." In Civic Freedom in Central Europe: Voices from Czechoslovakia,
edited by H. Gordon Skilling, and Paul Wilson, 60-63. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1990.

 

———. "Democracy's Forgotten Dimension." Journal of Democracy 6, no. 2 (1995): 3-10.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Karel. Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Hvizdala. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

 

———. "A Dream for Czechoslovakia." New York Review of Books 39, no. 12 (1992): 8-13.

 

———. "The Emperor Has No Clothes." Journal of Democracy 16, no. 4 (2005): 5-8.

 

———. "The End of the Modern Era." Surviving Together 10, no. 2 (1992): 3-4.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Maximilian Schell. "Europe at the Fin De Siecle." Society 32, no. 6 (1995): 68-72.

 

———. "A Farewell to Politics." New York Review of Books 49, no. 16 (2002): 4-4.

 

———. "The Future of Central Europe." New York Review of Books 37, no. 5 (1990): 18-19.

 

———. "History of a Public Enemy." New York Review of Books 37, no. 9 (1990): 36-44.

 

———. "The Hope for Europe." New York Review of Books 43, no. 11 (1996): 38-42.

 

———. "In Memory of Our Holocaust Victims." In Celebrating Elie Wiesel: Stories, Essays, Reflections, edited by Alan Rosen, 331-34. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998.

 

 

———. "A Neglected Generation." In Czechoslovakia, 1918-88: Seventy Years from Independence, edited by H. Gordon Skilling, ? New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1991.

 

———. "A New European Order?" New York Review of Books 42, no. 4 (1995): 43-45.

 

———. "New Year's Address." Orbis 34, no. 2 (1990): 253-62.

 

———. "New Year's Day Speech, 1990." In From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe since 1945, edited by Gale Stokes, 249-53. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1991.

 

———. "On Home." New York Review of Books 38, no. 20 (1991): 49-49.

 

_______. "On Kafka." New York Review of Books 37, no. 14 (1990): 19-19.

 

______. "On Rita Klimova." New York Review of Books 41, no. 3 (1994): 6-6.

 

_______. Open Letters: Selected Writings, 1965-1990. 1st American edition. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf; distributed by Random House, 1991.

 

______. "Paradise Lost." New York Review of Books 39, no. 7 (1992): 6-8.

 

———. "The Paradox of Help: No Easy Solution except More Democracy." Surviving Together no. 24 (1991): 6-7.

 

———. "'People, Your Government Has Returned to You!'." Journal of Democracy 1, no. 2 (1990): 99-105.

 

———. "The Politics of Responsibility." World Policy Journal 12, no. 3 (1995): 81-87.

 

———. "The Post-Communist Nightmare." New York Review of Books 40, no. 10 (1993): 8-10.

 

Havel, Vaclav, and Joseph Brodsky. "The Post-Communist Nightmare: An Exchange." New York Review of Books 41, no. 4 (1994): 28-30.

 

______. Post-Modernism: Address, July 4, 1994." Vital Speeches of the Day 60, (1994): 613-15.

 

______. "Postscript." In Europe from Below: An East-West Dialogue, edited by Mary Kaldor, 217-22. London: Verso, 1991.

 

______. "The Power of the Powerless." In The Power of the Powerless: Citizens against the State in Central-Eastern Europe, edited by John Keane, 23-96. New York: Armonk, 1985.

 

———. "Reflections on a Paradoxical Life." New York Review of Books 37, no. 10 (1990): 38-38.

 

———. "The Responsibility of Intellectuals." New York Review of Books 42, no. 11 (1995): 36-38.

 

Havel, Vaclav and Richard von Weizsecker. "The Return of Germany." New York Review of Books 37, no. 7 (1990): 56-57.

 

———. "A Speech by Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, on the Occasion of 'Vaclav Havel's Civil Society Symposium'." Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 14, no. 1 (2000): 107-11.

 

———. Summer Meditations. 1st American edition. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

 

______. Toward a Civil Society: Selected Speeches and Writings, 1990-1994. Prague: Lidove Noviny, 1994.

 

———. "Toward Individual Responsibility and a Multipolar World." Surviving Together no. 20 (1990): 6-7.

 

———. "Two Letters from Prison." Translation: The Journal of Literary Translation 25 (1991): 187-92.

 

———. "'Uncertain Strength': An Interview with Vaclav Havel." New York Review of Books 38, no. 14 (1991): 6ff-6ff.

 

———. Vaclav Havel: Living in Truth: Twenty-Two Essays Published on the Occasion of the Award of the Erasmus Prize to Vaclav Havel. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.


———. "The Velvet Hangover." Harper's 281, no. 1685 (1990): 18-21.

 

———. A Word About Words. New York, NY: The Cooper Union, 1992.


———. "Words on Words." New York Review of Books 36, no. 21 (1990): 5-8.

 

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last updated: 11/17/2010