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What People are Saying

“[Machcewicz presents] the voices and actions of workers and peasants and makes effective use of social movement theory to analyze the trajectory of protest and demands. The result is a vivid portrait of twelve months of upheaval: Machcewicz shows us stormy meetings in factories and in city squares; the radical language of graffiti and homemade fliers; and determined peasants reclaiming their land from the collective farms.”—Padraic Kenney, Journal of Modern History

Rebellious Satellite makes a real case for 1956 as the first ‘People&rsquos 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

Chapter List

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 Poznań Uprising

6. After Poznań

7. October

8. The January 1957 Elections

9. Conclusion: 1956 and Its Legacy

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