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Solidarity: The Analysis of a Social Movement: Poland 1980-1981
Solidarity: The Analysis of a Social Movement: Poland 1980-1981
By Alain Touraine and others
Cambridge University Press, 1983, 203 pp
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The great achievement of Solidarity was that it forced acceptance, at least for a time, of what the Soviet Union and the Polish Communist regime found unacceptable. A number of journalists and other observers have already recreated the stirring events of 1980-81. In this book, a scientific research effort carried out by a French sociologist and his colleagues, Poles who took a leading part in the movement are allowed to speak for themselves. The reader, accordingly, can get a sense of the strength and depth of the tidal wave of national and religious feeling of which Solidarity was the institutional expression and the symbol.