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The Legacy of Polish Solidarity

Social Activism, Regime Collapse, and Building of a New Society


Andrzej Rychard and Gabriel Motzkin

Polish Solidarity was a phenomenon combining a trade union, a social movement and general ideas of freedom and solidarity. Led by Lech Walesa it contributed greatly to the evolution of the old system and to its final collapse in 1989, followed then by the end of the communist regimes in all of Central Europe. Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of these peaceful revolutions. What is left of Solidarity? What is still important? How did it evolve and how did it contribute to the collapse of the old system, and to the building of the new? These are the questions the authors, leading specialists on social movements, institutions, structures and social change address in this book.
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This publication was financially supported by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The legacy of Polish solidarity : social activism, regime collapse, and the building of a new society / Andrzej Rychard, Gabriel Motzkin (eds.). – 1 Edition.

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ISBN 978-3-631-64856-8 (Print : alk. paper) – ISBN 978-3-653-03854-5 (E-Book) 1. NSZZ "Solidarnosc" (Labor organization) – History. 2. Labor un-ions–Political activity–Poland–History. 3. Poland–Politics and govern-ment–1980-1989. 4. Civil rights–Poland. I. Rychard, Andrzej, editor. II. Motzkin, Gabriel, editor.

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