CPS Notes Lecture 17—November 8, 2006 I. How did Poland go about democratizing—advantages a) Had a strong identity, tradition, culture, language—survived through the partitions i) Many other eastern European countries lost their identity, so it was harder for them ii) Polish Catholic Church was important b) Poland is nation of diaspora i) So even during communist times, Poles had contact with the West c) Poland communities were changing after Poland i) Place of actions against the communist system, and after such uprisings, the communist system in Poland was more liberal than others d) High level of education e) In 1980 10 million citizens were part of solidarity movement, signal that change was needed i) Everyone was afraid of what was happening in Poland, that it would threaten their regimes ii) So Poland was afraid of being invaded by Warsaw Pact countries II. How did institutional change come about? a)
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