Konspira: Solidarity Underground (Society and Culture in East-Central Europe)

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Konspira bares the soul and mind of Solidarity not long before the movement's stunning emergence as Poland's political vanguard. Written while martial law still gripped the country, Konspira tells the inside story of this inspiring contemporary workers' movement. The authors taped, then consolidated, over a hundred hours of secret interviews. Their subjects were eight of the most prominent Solidarity union leaders, gone into hiding as the result of a nationwide police-military crackdown by the Polish government.

Solidarity activists were either locked up in internment camps or forced underground, where they coordinated a clandestine network to sustain their organization. This compelling account of a crucial episode in the history of the Solidarity movement is both intimate and representative of the growing opposition to entrenched Communist regimes in East-Central Europe.

This volume has benefited from the collegial support of The Wake Forest University Studium.

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"All the leaders interviewed represent the very top of Solidarity hierarchy while also coming from very different backgrounds . . . therefore their insights are invaluable. Their opinions strike the reader with their openness and sincerity. . . . Out of those interviews a complex, vivid, and sometimes sharply self-critical picture of Polish 'underground society' emerges."—Stanislaw Baranczak, Harvard University

"The questions posed to the Solidarity leaders are searching, incisive, designed to elicit as much information as possible, and the answers, in turn, are strikingly candid and illuminating. . . . The book is lively, colorful, and extremely readable."—Abraham Brumberg, Georgetown University

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"All the leaders interviewed represent the very top of Solidarity hierarchy while also coming from very different backgrounds . . . therefore their insights are invaluable. Their opinions strike the reader with their openness and sincerity. . . . Out of those interviews a complex, vivid, and sometimes sharply self-critical picture of Polish 'underground society' emerges." (Stanislaw Baranczak, Harvard University)

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