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Ideology in a Socialist State : Poland 1956-1983 - Raymond Taras

Ideology in a Socialist State

Poland 1956-1983

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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. 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.

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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ISBN: 9780521262712
ISBN-10: 0521262712
Series: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 25th February 2003
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54