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Books Are Weapons : the Polish Opposition Press and the Overthrow of Communism

Author: Siobhan Doucette
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. [2017]
Series: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Books Are Weapons shows how the independent press, rooted in the long Polish tradition of well-organized resistance to foreign occupation, reshaped this tradition to embrace non-violent civil resistance while creating a network which evolved from a small group of dissidents into a broad opposition movement with cross-national ties and millions of sympathizers. It was the galvanizing force in the resistance to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siobhan Doucette
ISBN: 9780822983194 0822983192
OCLC Number: 1028216618
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xix, 331 pages)) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Genesis : the summer of 1976 to the summer of 1977 --
2. Spread : the summer of 1977 to the summer of 1980 --
3. Tactics : 1978-1979 --
4. Burst : the summer of 1980 --
5. Proliferation : September 1980 to December 13, 1981 --
6. The First Solidarity National Congress, 1981 --
7. Survival : martial law, December 1981 to July 1983 --
8. Crisis and transition : the mid-1980s --
9. Pluralism : late 1986 to 1988 --
10. Victory.
Series Title: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Responsibility: Siobhan Doucette.

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Books Are Weapons shows how the independent press, rooted in the long Polish tradition of well-organized resistance to foreign occupation, reshaped this tradition to embrace non-violent civil resistance while creating a network which evolved from a small group of dissidents into a broad opposition movement with cross-national ties and millions of sympathizers. It was the galvanizing force in the resistance to communism and the rebuilding of Poland's democratic society in the 1980s.

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Doucette paints a vivid picture of Poland at the edge of 1989 revolution with a strong focus on the circulation of illicit publications, which bypassed state censors. She identifies the most Read more...

 
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