Poland under Communism: A Cold War History

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Overview

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 Using a wide range of Polish archives and unpublished sources in Moscow and Washington, Anthony Kemp-Welch integrates the Cold War history of diplomacy and inter-state relations with the study of domestic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

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'This is a compelling, well-written narrative of contestation between regime and society in the PRL (Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa, the Polish People's Republic), and is only the second monograph in English devoted entirely to postwar Poland and the first written in English.... 'Poland under Communism' is thus a valuable book, both for those who already know much of the story as for those encountering Polish history afresh." -International Review of Social History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521711173
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 458
  • Sales rank: 1,027,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Kemp-Welch was educated at the London School of Economics and held research posts at the Universities of Oxford, Moscow, Harvard and Cambridge. He is the author of The Birth of Solidarity and Stalin and the Literary Intelligentsia and co-author and editor of The Ideas of Nikolai Bukharin, Intellectuals in Politics and Stalinism in Poland, 1944-1956.

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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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