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Professor Ost’s Book on Postcommunist Europe Published

Professor of Political Science David Ost's book, “The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe,” has recently been published by Cornell University Press.

In his book, Ost tells the story of the evolution of postcommunist society in Eastern Europe. Informed by years of fieldwork in Polish factory towns, scores of interviews with workers, labor activists, and politicians, and an exhaustive reading of primary sources, his writing gives voice to those who have not been heard. Ost proposes a novel theory about the role of anger in politics to show why such voices matter, and how they profoundly affect political outcomes. Drawing on Poland’s experiences, Ost describes lessons relevant to democratization throughout Eastern Europe and to democratic theory in general.

Ost is the author of “Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics: Reform and Opposition in Poland Since 1968” and coeditor of “Workers after Workers’ States: Labor and Politics in Postcommunist Eastern Europe.” Ost also has articles published in magazines including The Nation, Dissent, and Tikkun.