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Poland, Solidarity, Walesa - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080281476, 9781483153469

Poland, Solidarity, Walesa

1st Edition

Authors: Michael Dobbs K. S. Karol Dessa Trevisan
Editor: David Baker
Paperback ISBN: 9781483121048
eBook ISBN: 9781483153469
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080281476
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 128
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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



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About the Authors

Michael Dobbs

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

K. S. Karol

Dessa Trevisan

Dessa Trevisan

About the Editor

David Baker

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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