Professionals Power and Solidarity in Poland

Author: Michael D. Kennedy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521390834
Release Date: 1991-02-14
Genre: Social Science

The Solidarity movement of the early 1980s not only triggered a transformation in Polish society, it forced a fundamental reconsideration of the nature of socialism throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Seen as one of the most important social movements of the century, this pathbreaking study analyses Solidarity's significance in Soviet societies.

National Identity and Foreign Policy

Author: Ilya Prizel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521576970
Release Date: 1998-08-13
Genre: Political Science

This book is based on the premise that the foreign policy of any country is heavily influenced by a society's evolving notions of itself. Applying his analysis to Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, the author argues that national identity is an ever-changing concept, influenced by internal and external events, and by the manipulation of a polity's collective memory. The interaction of the narrative of a society and its foreign policy is therefore paramount. This is especially the case in East-Central Europe, where political institutions are weak, and social coherence remains subject to the vagaries of the concept of nationhood. Ilya Prizel's study will be of interest to students of nationalism, as well as of foreign policy and politics in East-Central Europe.

Soviet Workers and the Collapse of Perestroika

Author: Donald Filtzer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521452929
Release Date: 1994-06-09
Genre: Business & Economics

A comprehensive analysis of the role of labour policy in the development and ultimate collapse of Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms.

Russia s Economy of Favours

Author: Alena V. Ledeneva
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521627435
Release Date: 1998-08-06
Genre: Business & Economics

The word blat refers to the system of informal contacts and personal networks which was used to obtain goods and services under the rationing which characterised Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva's book is the first to analyse blat in all its historical, socio-economic and cultural aspects, and to explore its implications for post-Soviet society. In a socialist distribution system which resulted in constant shortages, blat developed into an 'economy of favours' which shadowed an overcontrolling centre and represented the reaction of ordinary people to the social constraints they faced. In social and economic terms, blat exchanges became vital to the population, and to the functioning of the Soviet system. The book shows that the nature of the economic and political changes in contemporary Russia cannot be properly understood without attention to the powerful legacy of the blat economy.

Government Industry and Rearmament in Russia 1900 1914

Author: Peter Gatrell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521466199
Release Date: 1994-03-10
Genre: Business & Economics

This book examines the ability of the tsarist government and Russian industrialists to respond to the multiple challenges of war, revolution, political reform, international diplomacy and rearmament in the early twentieth century. Using Russian archive materials, Peter Gatrell analyzes the process and outcome of decision-making by government and business in the key sphere of defense, and makes an important contribution to the literature on the capacity of the old regime to fend off challenges to its authority at home and its prestige abroad.

Imperial Russia s Jewish Question 1855 1881

Author: John Doyle Klier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521023815
Release Date: 2005-11-17
Genre: History

The reform era in Russia (1855-1881) witnessed the emancipation of the serfs, economic and social change, the reform of all imperial institutions, and the growth of national identity among Russians and the Empire's expanding Jewish population. Consequently, the 'Jewish Question' became one of most hotly debated topics in Russia. Attitudes toward the Jews which evolved during this period persisted up to the Revolution and beyond. This book, based on exhaustive archival research of materials published during the period, studies the interplay of public opinion and official policy. The author examines the attitudes of all sectors of Russian educated society towards the Jews. He also explores how a new group, the Russian Jewish intelligentsia, sought to define a modern Jewish identity in the midst of a multi-ethnic Empire.

A Sportive Matka Polka

Author: Nameeta Mathur
Publisher: VDM Publishing
ISBN: 3639114493
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: History

This book examines the interaction between nationalism and feminism in modern Polish women's physical culture from the late nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. Unlike most western countries where sportswomen were typically marginalized in their athletic endeavors, Polish female athletes earned greater respect and recognition in their physical culture. On many occasions, and for varied reasons, women's athleticism in Poland was a source of immense pride and prestige for both the state and society. This form of acceptance, however, does not suggest that sportswomen faced no discrimination in their efforts to become sportive. Women's physicality remained the subject of intense debate, particularly when the socio-economic conditions worsened and threatened the survival of families. Still, despite the patriarchal and other barricades, the Polish national struggles for independence and the emergence of the "New Woman" created significant institutional and ideological spaces for sportswomen to build their physical culture. Accordingly, this book enriches the histories of Poland and modern Europe, as well as women's and sports studies.


ISBN: UCSC:32106020976590
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Best books

Books in Print

ISBN: UOM:39015049090585
Release Date: 2001
Genre: American literature

Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations Europe

Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: STANFORD:36105060779498
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Economics

Titles of volumes are: V.1 - United Nations; V.2 - Africa; V.3 - Americas, V.4 - Asia & Oceania; V.5 - Europe; V.6 - World Leaders.