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Ideology in a socialist state [electronic resource] : Poland, 1956-1983 /
Ray Taras.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
description
x, 299 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521262712
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
isbn
0521262712
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8364544
 
Bibliography: p. 289-292.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
An outgrowth of a doctoral dissertation presented at the University of Warsaw, the book focuses ``on official discourse of party rulers'' within the analytical framework that ``was adapted well before the birth of Solidarity.'' Two added chapters, ``Interlude I: Solidarity, 1980-81'' and ``Interlude II: Martial Law, 1981-82,'' update the central theme of the dissertation. The topics are predictable: the party, industrial democracy, the church, science and culture, political values and society. There is hardly a mention of the national minorities in Poland: Jews, Lithuanians, Belorussians, or Ukrainians; yet, it could hardly be maintained that they are unimportant especially in intrabloc relations. The appendix provides a chronology of Central Committee Plenary meetings and national party conferences agenda for the years 1956-83. Bibliography and index are adequate. Upper-division and above.-P.J. Potichnyj, McMaster University
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Summaries
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Analyzes the changes in ideology of Poland's rule from the October events of 1956 to the lifting of martial law in 1983 to suggest that ideological change has represented the regime's chief means of responding to a postwar cycle of crises.
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Ideology in a Socialist State describes the changes in the ideology of Poland's rulers from the October events of 1956 to the lifting of martial law in 1983. Ideology has been one of the most debated and equivocal concepts in social science, yet this is one of the first attempts to examine it in a systematic, longitudinal and empirical way.
Main Description
Ideology in a Socialist Slate describes the changes in the ideology of Poland's rulers from the October events of 1956 to the lifting of martial law in 1983. Ideology has been one of the most debated and equivocal concepts in social science, yet this is one of the first attempts to examine it in a systematic, longitudinal and empirical way. Dr Taras analyses how central principles of Marxism-Leninism (the leading role of the party, party influence on trade unions, the church, culture and science) interpreted by Poland's political leaders. Ideological change, he suggests, represents the chief means adopted by, the regime to respond to a postwar cycle of crises. The rulers' ideology is also linked to political developments in other socialist states (the 1968 Czech reform movement, Soviet doctrinal shifts). Taras concludes that as a result of both external and internal factors, ideology in Poland underwent a combination of transformations, innovations and reification that has produced a new hybrid and highly unstable ideology - Leninist Marxism of People's Poland. This puts the tumultuous Polish events of 1981'3 into historical perspective and focuses on the response of the party leadership to the challenge of Solidarity, and of martial law.
Main Description
Ideology in a Socialist State describes the changes in the ideology of Poland's rulers from the October events of 1956 to the lifting of martial law in 1983. Ideology has been one of the most debated and equivocal concepts in social science, yet this is one of the first attempts to examine it in a systematic, longitudinal and empirical way. Dr Taras analyses how central principles of Marxism-Leninism (the leading role of the party, party influence on trade unions, the church, culture and science) were interpreted by Poland's political leaders. Ideological change, he suggests, represents the chief means adopted by, the regime to respond to a postwar cycle of crises. The rulers' ideology is also linked to political developments in other socialist states (the 1968 Czech reform movement, Soviet doctrinal shifts). Taras concludes that as a result of both external and internal factors, ideology in Poland underwent a combination of transformations, innovations and reification that has produced a new hybrid and highly unstable ideology - Leninist Marxism of People's Poland. This puts the tumultuous Polish events of 1981-3 into historical perspective and focuses on the response of the party leadership to the challenge of Solidarity, and of martial law.
Main Description
This book describes the changes in the ideology of Poland's rulers from the October events of 1956 to the lifting of martial law in 1983.
Table of Contents
Preface
The concept of ideology and Western sociology
Approaches to the study of ideology in a socialist state
The Polish road: fact and fable, 1956-59
Little stabilisation and great upheaval, 1960-70
Prosperity and political style in the second Poland, 1971-75
Propaganda of success and prognoses of failure, 1976-80
Interlude I: solidarity, 1980-81
Interlude II: martial law, 1981-82
Operative ideology, fundamental principles and social reality
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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