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Poland 1981: Toward Social Renewal
Poland 1981: Toward Social Renewal
By Peter Raina
Allen & Unwin, 1985, 472 pp

Poland's interval of semi-freedom from August 1980 to December 1981 has been described by many authors from many angles, and it retains its importance for the future as well as for understanding the past. Peter Raina has a particular purpose here: to give a complete account of the conflict and the dialogue between Solidarity and the party, between the society and the state, as they tried to find an agreed basis for reform. The book owes much of its usefulness, as well as much of its bulk, to the inclusion of full texts of all the relevant agreements and statements. But it is more than a collection of documents. Raina's commentary is as critical of Solidarity for reckless overreaching as it is of the regime for clinging to a discredited system.