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Through the Back Door

The Black Market in Poland 1944–1989

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Jerzy Kochanowski

This book analyzes the history of the black market in Poland before the 1940s and the development of black-market phenomena in post-war Poland. The author evaluates the interrelation between black-market phenomena and historical and geographical conditions. At first, the black market stabilized the system by making it more flexible and creating a margin of freedom, albeit in the short term. In the long run, the informal economic activities of the people ran counter to and undermined the official ideology of the state. The author concludes that in post-war Poland, owing to a singular coincidence of historical, political, economic and social factors, the second economy had its own unique character and an endemic presence that loomed large in the Soviet Bloc.

BIC Classifications

  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: specific events & topics (HBT)
        • Social & cultural history (HBTB)
  • Geographical (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Eastern Europe (1DV)
        • Poland (1DVP)
  • Time period (3)
    • Modern period, c 1500 onwards (3J)
      • 20th century (3JJ)
        • c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) (3JJP)

BISAC Classifications

  • Biography & Autobiography (BIO)
    • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General (BIO000000)
  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / General (HIS000000)
    • Ancient (HIS002)
      • HISTORY / Ancient / Greece (HIS002010)
    • HISTORY / Europe / General (HIS010000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Eastern (HIS010010)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Western (HIS010020)
    • HISTORY / Europe / France (HIS013000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Germany (HIS014000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain (HIS015000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Italy (HIS020000)
    • HISTORY / Study & Teaching (HIS035000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary (HIS040000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal (HIS045000)

THEMA Classifications

  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
      • History: specific events & topics (NHT)
        • Social & cultural history (NHTB)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Eastern Europe (1DT)
        • Poland (1DTP)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
        • Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999 (3MPQ)