TITLE

BEYOND THE GOMULKA ERA

AUTHOR(S)
Bromke, Adam
PUB. DATE
April 1971
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1971, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p480
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper describes the political situation in Poland during the time of Wladyslaw Gomulka and notes the impact of Gomulka's disappearance from the country's political scene. The paper pays particular attention to the political crisis currently being experienced by the country as of April 1971. It begins by highlighting Gomulka's political career, as well as the reforms he adopted. The author notes that, seen in retrospect, the turning point in Gomulka's political fortunes came in 1961. Next, the author relates the events that led to Gomulka's resignation as First Secretary on December 20, 1970, thus ending what the author calls the Gomulka era. The author notes that the end of the Gomulka era was not surprising. In a way his era had ended even before he was ousted. In the last few years his program was growing increasingly obsolete. It was not only that as the years went by Gomulka had become more conservative; even more important was the fact that since he had come to power in 1956 the country had undergone a drastic transformation. The author concludes that whatever the final outcome of the present political crisis in Poland, for better or for worse, one thing seems to be certain--with the end of the Gomulka era, Poland will play an increasingly significant role in the international sphere, as befits this dynamic and proud nation.
ACCESSION #
5804271

 

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