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LESLIE, R.F., Antony POLONSKY, Jan M. CIECHANOWSKI, and Z.A. PELCZYNSKI. The History of Poland Since 1863. Edited by R.F. Leslie. Cambridge, and others : Cambridge University Press, (1980). First Printing. Pp. (8),ix-xii,1-494,(2). 8vo, brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Very good in dustjacket. 90.00 "The partitions of Poland in the eighteenth century meant not only the loss of independence, but also a profound crisis for Polish society. If a new Poland were to emerge at all, it would have to adjust itself to the systems which had developed in the modern capitalist states. European nationalism, moreover, presented the Poles with the problem of substantial minorities. A large Jewish population, settled in Poland since the Middle Agesand concentrated in the urban areas, raised social questions when Poles mi grated to the towns from the country. Where industrial development took place, mainly in central Poland, it was sustained by foreign capital, with theconsequence that employers were less than sympathetic to Polish workers. T he agrarian reforms carried out by the partitioning powers provided no solution for the land hunger which grew with the expanding population nor relief for the landless proletariat in the villages. A complex situation was made more complicated by the fact that Poland was subject to the legislation of three different states. This work is an account of the evolution of Poland from conditions of subjection to its reconstitution in 1918, development in the years between the two World Wars and reorganization after 1944-5. Poland has been transformed in the last thirty years. Many problems of the past have disappeared, but industrialization, the structure of peasant agriculture and political association with the Soviet Union present the Polish People's Republic with difficulties which have yet to be resolved. Substantial achievements in this now ethnically homogeneous state must be set againstsubstantial discontents." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. Triloyalism and the national revival; 2. Poland and the crisis of 1900-7; 3. Poland on the eve of the First World War; 4. The emergence of an independent Polish state; 5. The breakdown of parliamentary government; 6. Pilsudski in power, 1926-35; 7. Poland without Pilsudski; 8. Poland in defeat, September 1939-July 1941; 9. The ill-fated alliance, August 1941-April 1943; 10. The years of Tempest, May 1943-December 1944; 11. Post-war Poland; 12. The rise and ebb of stalinism; 13. The October turning point; 14. "The little stabilization"; 15. The decline of Gomulka; 16. Poland under Gierek; 17. Polish society, 1945-75. With select bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. 90.00
Title: History of Poland Since 1863. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, and others, 1980, ISBN:0521226457:
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