“The Defeat Of Solidarity: Anger And Politics In Postcommunist Europe,” by HWS political science professor David Ost, is now available at The College Store.
Published by Cornell University Press, the 238-page work examines the Polish labor union that was influential in bringing about the end of the Communist regime in that nation, and how a capitalist society emerged. But it was one that embraced economic and political inequality, leaving workers angry and frustrated with leaders who ignored them, feared them and tried to marginalize them.
Ost has spent many years in Polish factory towns and interviewed workers, labor activists and politicians.
He joined the HWS faculty in 1986, and holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and a visiting professor at Central European University's campuses in Warsaw, Poland; and Budapest, Hungary.