The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956
Cold War International History Project Series
Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 offers a social history of the mass movements that prompted political change and altered Polish-Soviet relations in 1956 but avoided a Soviet armed response. Pawel Machcewicz focuses on the people's expression of grievances, and even riots—as opposed to "top-level" activities such as internal Communist Party struggles. He carefully depicts the protests that took place in Poznan in June 1956 and across Poland the following October and November.
The manuscript is based largely on new archival materials (mainly Party and security apparatus documents) that were originally prepared to provide detailed information to the Party leadership about what was happening on the ground. The book includes a selection of photographs from Poznan in June 1956 taken secretly by the police.
What People are Saying
"Rebellious Satellite makes a real case for 1956 as the first 'People's Revolution' and it is critical for understanding subsequent communist and post-communist history."—Jane Leftwich Curry, Santa Clara University
"Machcewicz has broken away from the method of analysis dominant in the historiography of 1956, which basically limited itself to descriptions of the decisions made by the Warsaw political center combined with information about the ferment within the opinion-forming milieux of the intelligentsia." —Dariusz Jarosz, Warsaw University
List of Figures
Series Preface, James G. Hershberg
A Note on Sources
1. Introduction: The Cold War "from the Bottom"
2. The Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
3. Bierut's Death
4. The Thaw
5. The Poznan Uprising
6. After Poznan
8. The January 1957 Elections
9. Conclusion: 1956 and Its Legacy