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Political dissent and opposition in Poland : the Workers' Defense Committee "KOR" /
Robert Zuzowski.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1992.
description
293 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0275941388 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1992.
isbn
0275941388 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3196269
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-280) and index.
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Review Quotes
"The book is well written, lucid, well argued and based on an excellent knowledge of all relevant material. A reader who has little or no acquaintance with recent Polish history will find in the book all necessary explanation." - Leszek Kolakowski All Souls College, Oxford
'œA detailed, scholarly study of the dissident intellectuals who did much to prepare the way for the Solidarity revolution of 1980. Zuzowski traces the antecedents of the Workers' Defense Committee back to 1956, but features the years of activity from the Committee's formation in 1976 through 1981. The author uses this historical case to reflect on the different forms of dissent engendered in a society such as socialist Poland's and on the payoffs of different strategies pursued by dissenting intellectuals.'' Foreign Affairs
'œ...an admirable contribution to the literature on Poland in the twilight of communism and to the broader field of communist and post-communist studies. Well written and documented and contains good photographs of some of the main players in the KOR-Solidarity drama, which add further to the book's attractiveness. It is highly recommended.'' Australia Journal of International Affairs
'œThe major strength of Zuzowski's book is a solid and detailed reconstruction of facts. It can serve then, as a basic reference source on KOR and its role in bringing down communism.'' The Polish Review
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Summaries
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The pattern of political dissent in Poland after World War II changed considerably by the early 1980s. In the 1950s and 1960s it had been characterized by spontaneity and lack of strategy; the opposite held true in the 1980s. The people in Poland became highly politicized, and openly acting dissident organizations, hostile toward the communist state, flourished. Zuzowski presents a comprehensive portrait of the unique pattern of dissent, exemplified by the Workers' Defense Committee KOR, which finally triumphed in Poland.
Long Description
Political dissent in Poland after World War II had changed considerably by the early 1980s. In the 1950s and 1960s it was characterized by spontaneity and lack of strategy; the opposite held true in the 1980s. The people of Poland became highly politicized and openly acting dissident organizations, hostile toward the communist state, flourished. Robert Zuzowski presents a comprehensive portrait of the unique pattern of dissent, exemplified by the Workers' Defense Committee KOR, which finally triumphed in Poland. He examines the rise of the opposition in Poland, a country which has experienced more political crises than any other East European nation. Zuzowski argues that KOR, by introducing an innovative approach to political dissent in Poland, contributed significantly to the transformation of Polish politics. The volume also explores dissent in Poland during the two decades prior to the formation of KOR. The reasons for the formation of the Workers' Defense Committee are analyzed and its activities from its inception until the summer of 1980 are chronicled. The author then examines the Committee's relations with the Roman Catholic Church and dissident organizations. Concluding chapters discuss KOR's formal dissolution and the organization's influence on Polish political culture. This volume will interest students of communism and/or sociopolitical change, as well as all those concerned with East European politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction Dissent in Poland
1956-1976 The Formation of KOR KOR's Activity
September 1976-June 1980
The Roman Catholic Church and KOR
KOR's Relations with Other Dissident Organizations KOR and Solidarity
July 1980-September 1981 KOR after KOR
Why Were There Organizations Like KOR in Poland?
Conclusion: The Significance of KOR
List of KOR Members
An Interview with Wolodzimierz Schilling-Siengalewicz, Former Chairman of the Seamen's and Deep-Sea Fishermen's Trade Union
Bibliography
Index
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