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The demise of communism in Poland
A staged evolution or failed revolution?
in The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe
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This chapter describes the collapse of communism in Poland from a broader historical perspective. The communist regime in Poland was the result of the outcome of the Second World War. The country's liberation by the Red Army and the 'Big Three' deal at Yalta ceding it to the Soviet sphere of influence. The chapter discusses the recurring crises before the 1980s. It focuses on the period leading up to the events of 1989 and the factors that precipitated far-reaching change. The keyword denoting the demise of communism in Poland and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe is 'revolution'. Moreover, the events of 1989 differ significantly from the Polish insurrectory myth that includes not only the crises under communism, but the national uprisings and wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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