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The Power To Resist: A Study Of Dissidence Movements In Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff Jan 2011

The Power To Resist: A Study Of Dissidence Movements In Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff

Summer Research

Can resistance to a totalitarian regime be possible? When a regime is so tightly controlled by a single leader or a group of people, opposition may seem impossible. Through the theories of Hannah Arendt and Vaclav Havel and the activism of Adam Michnik, I explore the question of the possibility of resistance. Given their different perceptions of totalitarianism, Arendt and Havel see extremely different possibilities of resistance. For Arendt, with a regime controlled by a single leader who has complete power over all aspects of life, opposition is extremely unlikely. However, Havel and Michnik see that resistance is possible because ...