Solidarity and Contention: Networks of Polish Opposition

Solidarity and Contention: Networks of Polish Opposition

Solidarity and Contention: Networks of Polish Opposition

Solidarity and Contention: Networks of Polish Opposition

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"Maryjane Osa is visiting assistant professor of sociology at Northwestern University." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Where—and how—did this book begin? Systematic empirical research was under way in 1996 in the friendly confines of the Hoover Institution Archives, but the real source and impetus for the labor that resulted in these many pages came from my adventures with Polish communism over the years: going to a surreal Grotowski workshop in Wroclaw with Stefan; visiting the old wooden churches of the eastern provinces; watching Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz at the National Theater in Warsaw during martial law and breathing in clouds of tear gas in Victory Square afterward; and mostly, just trying not to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ultimately, youthful adventures give way to adult reflections. And so I attempt to unravel here the fascinating interweave of Polish politics and culture that was obstructed for so long “behind the Iron Curtain.”

The enthusiasm of Poles for freedom has made this book possible. Polish historians and sociologists rushed to fill in the “white spots” of Polish history even before the Berlin Wall was rendered into rubble. My research was spurred on by their relentless surveying, fact seeking, name gathering, and the written remembering that moved quickly into print once political obstacles began to fall. I would like to express my gratitude to my Polish friends and colleagues: Miroslawa Grabowska, Jakub Karpiński, Krzysztof Kosela, Ireneusz Krzemmski, Miroslawa Marody, Antoni Sulek, and Tadeusz Szawiel. People who helped me with church contacts include Rev. Franciszek Stopniak, Tadeusz Krawczak, Rev. Dwayne Bednar, Brother Dariusz Szamlewski, and Mariusz and Ewa Waszak.

Friends and family provided support and encouragement while I was working on the book. The Chicago crew has been a pretty fine reference . . .

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