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New Left Review I/180, March-April 1990

Mary Kaldor

After the Cold War

East Europeans always emphasize the power of words. This has been the essence of much of Havel’s political writings. The way we describe the world, the words we use, shape how we see the world and how we decide to act. Words and history—a collection of words used to describe the past—have demonstrated their power in East-Central Europe over the last few months.

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