Poland under Communism: A Cold War Historyby A. Kemp-Welch
Pub. Date: 03/10/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book was 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 Using a wide range of Polish archives and unpublished sources in Moscow and Washington, Tony Kemp-Welch integrates the Cold War history of diplomacy and inter-state relations with the study of domestic opposition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.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Prelude; 2. Stalinism; 3. Thaw; 4. Flood; 5. Polycentrism; 6. Stagnation; 7. Counter-culture; 8. Détente; 9. Opposition; 10. Gdansk; 11. Non-invasion; 12. Martial law; 13. Amnesty; 14. Consultation; 15. Abdication.
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