Poland and European Integration: The Ideas and Movements of Polish Exiles in the West, 1939-91

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Today's Euroscepticism contrasts sharply with the idealism of the thousands of Poles thrust out of their country after 1939 by war, occupation and communism. How could a future Poland find security and progress, but by membership in a union of European states? This book explores how Poles in exile attempted to shape opinion in Poland and the West.

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Today's Euroscepticism contrasts sharply with the idealism of the thousands of Poles thrust out of their country after 1939 by war, occupation and communism. How could a future Poland find security and progress, but by membership in a union of European states? This book explores how Poles in exile attempted to shape opinion in Poland and the West.

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"The book's discussion of the considerable influence that Radio Free Europe had on Poles at home is particularly enlightening... Recommended." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230229372
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS LANE is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Languages and European Studies at Bradford University, UK and formerly head of its department of European Studies. He is the author or editor of several books, the latest being Victims of Stalin and Hitler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and has made many contributions to scholarly jourbanals and edited works.

MARIAN WOLANSKI is Professor of Political Science in the Institute of International Studies at the University of Wroclaw, Poland and until recently was Director of the Institute. He is the author and editor of many books and numerous articles. His book Europa Srodkowo-Wschodnia w mysli politycznej emigracji polskiej 1945-1975 was published by the University of Wroclaw Press in 1996. In 2000 he received an award for the best monograph on Polish emigration studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Concepts of Europe in a Polish Political Tradition
• A Fine Idea
• A Predictable Failure
• Creating a Movement
• Great Expectations
• Thwarted Plans * The Union of Polish Federalists
• European Ideas of Polish Political Parties
• Liberation, Dtente and European Union
War of Ideas
• Polands European Policy after Communism: Continuity and Change
• Endnotes
* Bibliography
• Index

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