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The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe

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How did the fall of communism and the subsequent transition to capitalism in Eastern Europe affect the people who experienced it? And how did their anger affect the quality of the democratic systems that have emerged? Poland offers a particularly provocative case, for it was here where workers most famously seemed to have won, thanks to the role of the Solidarity trade uni ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 28th 2006 by Cornell University Press (first published 2005)
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This book, by a liberal social democrat, contains several themes and observations of interest, specifically about the political consequences of the left abandoning class, and more specifically the working class, as a reference point.

The author argues that this is what was done in postcommunist Poland by intellectuals around Solidarity, and argues convincingly that a consequence of this was a rallying of many workers to the far right.

This dovetails with the observation people i knew in the 90s we
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