Solidarity:The Great Workers Strike of 1980 tells the story of this pivotal period in Poland's history from the perspective of those who lived it. Through unique personal interviews with the individuals who helped breathe life into the Solidarity movement, Michael Szporer brings home the momentous impact these events had on the people involved and subsequent history that changed the face of Europe. This movement, which began as a strike, had major consequences that no one could have foreseen at the start. In this book, the individuals who shaped history speak with their own voices about the strike that changed the course of history.
Michael Szporer is professor of communications, arts and humanities at the University of Maryland University College.
PART I: INTRODUCTION Solidarity Songs Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The Solidarnosc Era in Historical Perspective: Labor Protests, Polish Communism, and the Soviet Bloc, 1956-1981 by Mark Kramer PART II: THE STRIKE Chapter 2: "The People were the Hero": Conversation with Jerzy Borowczak Chapter 3: The Making of a Solidarity Revolution: Conversation with Bogdan Borusewicz Chapter 4: Hoeing the Moon: Conversation with Bogdan Felski Chapter 5: Moments of Conscience: Conversation with Andrzej Gwiazda and Joanna Duda Gwiazda Chapter 6: A Time for my Convictions: Conversation with Aleksander Hall Chapter 7: The Morality of Truth: Conversation with Adam Hodysz Chapter 8: Looking for Alternatives: Conversation with Piotr Kapczynski and Anna Mlynik Chapter 9: "We were all equal at the Shipyard": Conversation with Zenon Kwoka Chapter 10: The Revolution that Evolved: Conversation with Bogdan Lis Chapter 11: Solidarity of Attainable Goals: Conversation with Jacek Merkel Chapter 12: Woman of Iron: Conversation with Anna Walentynowicz Chapter 13: The Price of Freedom: Conversation with Lech Walesa Chapter 14: The Soup that Became a Downpour: Conversations with Krzysztof Wyszkowski and his older brother Blazej Wyszkowski PART III: THE DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION Chapter 15: The Making of NOWA: Conversation with Grzegorz Boguta Chapter 16: The Fringe of the Possible: Conversation with Andrzej Celinski Chapter 17: The Godfather of the Polish Opposition: Conversation with Jacek Kuron Chapter 18: The Spirit of Gazeta Wyborcza: Conversation with Adam Michnik Chapter 19: The Solidarity of my Generation: Conversation with Henryk Wujec PART IV: THE EXPERTS Chapter 20: The Berlin Wall Started Falling in the Gdansk Shipyard: Conversation with Bronislaw Geremek Chapter 21: Lining Up Democracy: Conversation with Tadeusz Mazowiecki Chapter 22: Always Right: Conversation with Jadwiga Staniszkis PART V: ASSESSMENTS Chapter 23: The Controversy over Lech Walesa: A Review Chapter 24: Managing Religion in Communist-Era Poland: Catholic Priests versus the Secret Police Chapter 25: Anna Walentynowicz and the Legacy of Solidarity in Poland PART VI: APPENDIX Chapter 26: Chronology Chapter 27: Declassified Documents from the Russian State Archive of Recent History Translated and introduced by Mark Kramer Works Cited