Solidarity's Secret The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland

ISBN-10: 0472031961

ISBN-13: 9780472031962

Edition: 2005

Authors: Shana Penn
List price: $28.95
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Description: "This important book explores one of the most pivotal periods in Polish history and deals with a topic nearly everyone else overlooked. Shana Penn's study begins with a simple question I wish I had thought more about myself: once the leadership of Solidarity had been arrested during the 1981 military coup, who kept the movement alive over the following months and years? The answer will surprise you, as Penn delves into the lives of seven Polish women activists who rose to the call, set about saving an entire political movement, and in time turned themselves into some of the most powerful women in Poland today." ---Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize Solidarity's Secretis the first book to record the crucial yet little-known role women played in the rise of an independent press in Poland and in the fall of that country's communist government. Shana Penn pieces together a decade of interviews with the women behind the Polish pro-democracy movement-women whose massive contributions were obscured by the more public successes of their male counterparts. Penn reveals the story of how these brave women ran Solidarity and the main opposition newspaper,Tygodnik Mazowsze, while prominent men like Lech Walesa were underground or in jail during the 1980s martial law years. The same women then went on to play influential roles in post-communist Poland. Solidarity's Secretgives us a richly detailed story-within-a-story-unheard of not only in the West, but until recently even within Poland itself-from one of the most important eras in modern history.

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: National Secret
Women at the Gates: Anna Walentynowicz and the August 1980 Strikes
Solidarity's "Blank Spot": The Legal Period and Martial Law
Dark Circles: Building the Solidarity Underground
Floating Offices: Publishing the Underground Newspaper
Wild Card: The Female Stereotype as Camouflage
A Third Space: Mutual Dependencies and Cooperation
Patient Revolution: Women and Leadership
"Our Romantic Model": Myth, Literature, and Women's Place
In the End, the Beginning: Adjustments and New Problems for Women after 1989
Filling in the "Blank Spot": The Public Discourse on Women
Appendix
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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