Poland under Communism: A Cold War History

Poland under Communism: A Cold War History

by A. Kemp-Welch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521711177

ISBN-13: 9780521711173

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first English-language history of Poland from the Second World War until the fall of Communism. Using a wide range of Polish archives and unpublished sources in Moscow and Washington, Anthony Kemp-Welch integrates the Cold War history of diplomacy and inter-state relations with the study of domestic opposition and social movements. His key themes

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This is the first English-language history of Poland from the Second World War until the fall of Communism. Using a wide range of Polish archives and unpublished sources in Moscow and Washington, Anthony Kemp-Welch integrates the Cold War history of diplomacy and inter-state relations with the study of domestic opposition and social movements. His key themes encompass political, social and economic history; the Communist movement and its relations with the Soviet Union; and the broader East-West context with particular attention to US policies. The book concludes with a first-hand account of how Solidarity formed the world's first post-Communist government in 1989 as the Polish people demonstrated what can be achieved by civic courage against apparently insuperable geo-strategic obstacles. This compelling new account will be essential reading for anyone interested in Polish history, the Communist movement and the course of the Cold War.

About the Author:
Anthony Kemp-Welch is Senior Lecturer at the School of History, University of East Anglia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521711173
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
List of abbreviations     xi
Prelude     1
Stalinism     17
Thaw     49
Flood     76
Polycentrism     93
Stagnation     124
Counter-culture     146
Detente     172
Opposition     203
Gdansk     237
Non-invasion     269
Martial law     302
Amnesty     332
Consultation     361
Abdication     391
Bibliography     428
Index     441

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