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The History of Poland Since 1863 : Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies - R. F. Leslie

The History of Poland Since 1863

Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

By: R. F. Leslie (Editor)

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Published: 18th July 1983
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This is an account of the evolution of Poland from conditions of subjection to its reconstruction in 1918, development in the years between the two World Wars, and reorganisation after 1945. It begins at a time when Poland was still suffering from the legacy of the eighteenth-century Partitions and burdened with problems of sizeable ethnic minorities, inadequate agrarian reforms and sluggish industrial development sustained by foreign capital. It traces the history through to independence and then to the transformation of the country in the last thirty years. Although many of the problems of the past have now disappeared, industrialisation, the structure of peasant agriculture, and political association with the Soviet Union present the Polish People's Republic with difficulties that have yet to be resolved. Substantial achievements in an ethnically homogeneous state must be set against substantial discontents. This history provides the English-speaking reader with a scholarly synthesis based mainly on literature in Polish and other East European languages. It will be essential reading for historians of Eastern Europe and for those interested in modern Polish society.

List of maps
Preface
Abbreviations
Triloyalism and the national revival
Poland and the crisis of 1900-7
Poland on the eve of the First World War
The emergence of an independent Polish state
The breakdown of parliamentary government
Pilsudski in power, 1926-35
Poland without Pilsudski
Poland in defeat, September 1939-July 1941
The ill-fated alliance, August 1941-April 1943
The years of Tempest, May 1943-December 1944
Post-war Poland
The rise and ebb of stalinism
The October turning point
'The little stabilization'
The decline of Gomulka
Poland under Gierek
Polish society, 1945-75
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521275019
ISBN-10: 0521275016
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 18th July 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.75