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Spring Will Be Ours

Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom
by Andrzej Paczkowski
Pennsylvania State Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2003
Format: Hardback
Pages: 583 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9780271023083
TB Code: 1904324
Availability: 100 in stock

The Spring Will Be Ours focuses on the turbulent half century from the outbreak of World War II in 1939, which started the chain of events that would lead to the communist takeover of Poland, to 1989, when futile attempts to reform the communist system gave way to its total transformation. Paczkowski shows how the communists captured and consolidated power, describes their use of terror and propaganda, and illuminates the changes that took place within the governing elite. He also documents the political opposition to the regime—both inside Poland and abroad—that resulted in upheavals in 1956, 1968, 1970, 1976, and 1980. His narrative makes evident the pressures that the elite felt from above, from Moscow, and from below, from the population and from within the party. The history of Poland and the Poles is of special interest because on numerous occasions in the twentieth century this relatively small country influenced developments on a global scale.