Artur Lipiński
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Meanings of 1989
Right-wing discourses in post-communist Poland
in The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe
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Complaints about the lack of a revolutionary moment in Polish politics had already been voiced before the presidential and parliamentary elections of 1990 and 1991. The Solidarity camp became internally divided over the question of how to deal with the non-democratic past and its representatives. This division and subsequent dissolution of the movement opened the way for the formation of right-wing parties. This chapter analyses the different discursive strategies adopted in the struggle to define the three key categories which have constituted the collective political memory of 1989: the Round Table, Magdalenka and the 'thick line'. It presents four problems, with a set of corresponding questions, which serve as a matrix to analyse the public statements of right-wing politicians in Poland between 1990 and 2000.

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