the Autumn of Nations; political situation; political transformation
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Studia Politicae Universitatis Silesiensis, T. 8 (2012), s. 86-101
The forgotten epilogue of the Autumn of Nations. Remarks on Nicaragua’s political transformation
The article is devoted to political, social and economic situation in Nicaragua in the 1980s and 1990s. It concerns specificity of the state’s political transformation’s course. Interestingly enough, the process in question seems in many ways analogous to the events in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989. Despite significant differences at the point of departure, the mechanism of transition from totalitarian regime to democracy in Nicaragua displays surprisingly many similarities to the process observed at this time in Poland. It turns out
that regardless of dissimilar histories and socio-demographic circumstances, geographic remoteness and total mutual isolation of both countries’ societies, as well as incongruity of the two types of conflict (civil war in Nicaragua and an non-violent movement in Poland) — the political transformation in both countries took rather similar course. It clearly shows the existence of strong rules that are gone by communist states in the process of political transformation.