Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe explains how ordinary people become involved in resistance and rebellion against powerful regimes. The book shows how a sequence of casual forces - social norms, focal points, rational calculation - operate to drive individuals into roles of passive resistance and, at a second stage, into participation in community-based rebellion organization. By linking the operation of these mechanisms to observable social structures, the work generates predictions about which types of community and society are most likely to form and sustain resistance and rebellion. The empirical material centres around Lithuanian anti-Soviet resistance in both the 1940s and the 1987–91 period. Using the Lithuanian experience as a baseline, comparisons with several other Eastern European countries demonstrate the breadth and depth of the theory. The book contributes to both the general literature on political violence and protest, as well as the theoretical literature on collective action.
• Highly interdisciplinary, using anthropological reconstruction of community social life, sociology-based network theories, and the political science literature in collective action, with the historical study of the East European region • One of the most detailed applications of a social mechanisms approach; both builds on and confronts rational choice theory • Explains variation in anti-Soviet resistance across a fifty-year period, and is perhaps the most sophisticated treatment of Lithuanian/Baltic anti-Soviet resistance
List of figures and tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Mechanisms and process; 3. Lithuania, 1940–1; 4. Rebellion in an urban community: the role of leadership and centralization; 5. The German occupation of Lithuania; 6. Post-war Lithuania; 7. More cases, more comparisons; 8. Resistance in the Perestroika period; 9. Fanatics and first actors; 10. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.
'… a good building block in development of a general approach to an important subject and contains a comprehensive bibliography.' Choice