Poland, Solidarity, Walesa

Poland, Solidarity, Walesa

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Authors: Michael Dobbs, K. S. Karol, Dessa Trevisan
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483153469

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Poland: Solidarity: Walesa is a three-chapter book that details the life and significant contribution of Lech Walesa of Poland. Lech Walesa is the leader of an independent labor organization - Solidarity. The book begins with the background of crisis in Poland. The peaceful revolution is then described. The last chapter elaborates on the concept of Lech Walesa as the symbol of Polish August.

Table of Contents

  • Why Poland? Background to Crisis

    Influence of Polish-Soviet Relations

    Origins of the Polish Kingdom

    The Partitions

    Polish Nationalism

    Re-establishment of Poland

    Polish-Soviet War


    World War II


    Rebirth of the Polish Communist Party

    The Communists Take Power

    Stalinism and Russian Control

    The 1956 Riots

    A Cultural Renaissance

    Disappointed Expectations

    Edward Gierek and "Dynamic Growth"

    The Church in Poland

    The Peaceful Revolution

    A New Movement in Eastern Europe

    The First Strikes

    Western Reaction

    Shortcomings of the Gierek Regime

    The Police and Public Reaction

    The Party's Attitude to the Strikes

    The Gdansk Agreement and the Fall of Gierek

    Revolutionary Innovations


    The Intellectuals' Involvement

    Struggle within the Party

    Provocation of Solidarity

    Restructuring the Party

    Economic Problems

    The Relationship with Russia

    Lech Walesa: Symbol of the Polish August

    Walesa as a Revolutionary Symbol

    His Rise to Prominence

    Meeting Walesa in Gdansk

    The Principle of Solidarity

    Walesa's Childhood and Youth

    Move to Gdansk and Marriage

    The Lessons of 1970—1976

    The "Baltic Committee"

    Consequences for Walesa

    The "Polish August"

    His Style of Leadership

    Problems of Celebrity

    Walesa and the Church

    Crisis: Bielsko-Biala and Bydgoszcz

    Walesa's Achievement

    Picture Credits


Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483153469

About the Authors

Michael Dobbs

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, Professor and Chair of Neurology, Department of Neurology, UT Health RGV Chief Medical Officer, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas

K. S. Karol

Dessa Trevisan

About the Editor

David Baker

Professor David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with eighteen monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken worldwide at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars. His other key professional interest and expertise has been in the field of human resources, where he has also been active in major national projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

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