This work presents 95 documents on the events that represent a pivotal moment in modern Polish and world history: 16 months between August 1980 when the Solidarity trade union was founded and December 1981 when Polish authorities declared martial law and crushed the nationwide opposition movement that had grown up around the union. Transcripts of Soviet and Polish Politburo meetings give a detailed picture of the goals, motivations and deliberations of the leaders of these countries. Records of Warsaw Pact gatherings, notes of bilateral sessions of the communist camp provide additional pieces to the puzzle of what Moscow and its allies had in mind. Materials are included from Solidarity, too.
ANDRZEJ PACZKOWSKI, History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences MALCOLM BYRNE is Director of Research at the National Security Archive where he coordinates a program involving Russian and East European scholars in documentary research, conference preparation and publications relating to the Cold War.
Foreword by Lech Walesa Preface and Acknowledgments Acronyms and Abbreviations Chronology of Events The Polish Crisis: Internal and International Dimensions by Andrzej Paczkowski and Malcolm Byrne PART ONE THE BIRTH OF SOLIDARITY PART TWO FRATERNAL ASSISTANCE PART THREE FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS PART FOUR SEARCH FOR A "POLISH SOLUTION" PART FIVE FINAL PREPARATIONS PART SIX CRACKDOWN Main Actors Bibliography Index