In "The Walls Came Tumbling Down," Gale Stokes, Ph.D., offers one of the most respected interpretations of the East European revolutions of 1989. The book provides a sweeping yet vivid narrative of the two decades of developments that led from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the collapse of communism in 1989. In this second edition, now subtitled "Collapse and Rebirth in Eastern Europe," Stokes has revised portions of the book in light of recent scholarship. Three new chapters covering the post-communist period have been added, including analyses of the German unification and the collapse of the Soviet Union; narratives recounting the admission of many of the region"s countries to the European Union; and discussion of the unfortunate outcomes of the Wars of Yugoslav Succession in the Western Balkans.
Stokes is the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of History Emeritus at Rice University, where he specialized in the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, especially the Balkans and Serbia. His two best-known books are "From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe Since 1945" and "The Walls Came Tumbling Down," which won the Vucinich Prize in 1994. He has served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and Rice dean of humanities.