Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-2514-6 • Hardback • May 2003 • $131.00 • (£101.00)
978-0-7425-2515-3 • Paperback • November 2005 • $59.00 • (£45.00)
Marjorie Castle has taught at Temple University, Tulane University, and the University of Utah.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Paradox of the Polish Transition
Chapter 2 Changing Arenas, Changing Players
Chapter 3 Setting the Stage for the Round Table: The Polish Context
Chapter 4 A New Political Playing Field: The Negotiating Arena
Chapter 5 The Players of the Round Table
Chapter 6 The Negotiations and Their Outcome
Chapter 7 An Unexpectedly Competitive Arena: The 1989 Elections
Chapter 8 Campaign: Rulers and Opposition Confront a New Game
Chapter 9 Polish Voters Speak and the Players Respond
Chapter 10 Changing Power: The Legacies and Lessons of the Round Table
Poland's transition from communism to democratic government was a critical signal that the rejection of communism throughout Eastern Europe was possible, yet many Poles view the transition process and its outcome as a disappointment, rather than a moment of national pride. Marjorie Castle investigates this paradox by examining the Polish roundtable discussions between the communist regime and a coalition of opposition groups in 1989 that led to the election in August 1989 of the first noncommunist head of government in eastern Europe, Solidarity adviser Tadeusz Mazowiecki. . . . Castle's analysis of the roundtable is a welcome addition, and probably the most comprehensive such investigation in English. Her discussion is fluid and engaging—practically a page-turner.
— Renee De Nevers, Syracuse University; Slavic Review
An excellent analysis of the 1989 elections in Poland that heralded the beginning of the anticommunist revolutions in that year within Eastern Europe.
— Choice Reviews