Poland: The Conquest of History

Poland: The Conquest of History

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by George Sanford
     
 

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Poland pioneered the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Domestic reformism and the negotiated abdication of ruling elites in 1989 have structured the country's politics in the 1990s. But the division between the communist and Solidarity camps continues to cause problems for a potential reform coalition aiming to complete modernisation through the

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Poland pioneered the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Domestic reformism and the negotiated abdication of ruling elites in 1989 have structured the country's politics in the 1990s. But the division between the communist and Solidarity camps continues to cause problems for a potential reform coalition aiming to complete modernisation through the restructuring required for EU membership. Secular-Catholic and rural-urban conflicts, and well as the growing regional split between the north-west and south-east, have fragmented political life and the party system. Nevertheless, Poland has made remarkable steps in the consolidation of democracy and the development of her political system, whilst maintaining social stability; she is also successfully transcending her historical security dilemma of open western and eastern frontiers and stronger, aggressive neighbours, by embedding herself in Europe through membership of NATO and the EU. Poland is overcoming her historical problems.

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Paul Lewis
A coverage of past and present Polish affairs for the informed but non-specialist reader.
Booknews
Though Poland pioneered the collapse of Eastern European Communism, Sanford (politics, U. of Bristol, UK) appraises how Solidarity-Communist, secular-Catholic, and urban-rural schisms continue to cause problems for a modernizing nation playing a new role in the European Union and NATO. A chronology charts events over the past millennium. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789057023460
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Postcommunist States and Nations Series
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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