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His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.
This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Bloc, and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market.
"...Heart of Europe has sweep, a rare analytical depth and a courageous display of the author's personal convictions... ."--The New York Times Book Review.
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|Ch. 1||The Legacy of Humiliation: Post-war Poland to the Crisis of the People's Republic, 1944-1983||1|
|Ch. 2||The Legacy of Defeat: Poland's Wartime Experience, 1937-1947||55|
|Ch. 3||The Legacy of Disenchantment: Poland's Experiment in Independence, 1914-1939||95|
|Ch. 4||The Legacy of Spiritual Mastery: Poland during the Partitions, 1795-1918||138|
|Ch. 5||The Legacy of an Ancient Culture: Poland before 1795||245|
|Ch. 6||Echoes: The Post in Poland's Present||312|
|Ch. 7||Beyond History: Reflections in the mid-1980s||392|
|Ch. 8||Liberation: 1983-1999||407|
|App. I: Poland's Rulers||447|
|App. II: Genealogical Tables||453|
|App. III: Gazetteer||458|