Slavic rev. volume 56, issue 3, P563-564 1997 DOI: 10.2307/2500940 View full text
Richard D. Lewis

Abstract: Ironically, interest in the origins of communist power in Poland coincided with the collapse of communism. Kenney makes the obligatory effort to see the roots of the fall of communism in its origins, but he doesn't push this too far. Instead, he argues that Polish workers had sufficient power to shape, deflect, and, sometimes, sabotage communist efforts to mold the working class into a tool that could be used to achieve the party's goals. Kenney suggests that both workers and communists thought and acted diffe…

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