AT THE EDGE OF REBELLION: POLISH WORKERS IN THE LATE SIXTIES ON THE EVE OF THE 'DECEMBER EVENTS'
In December 1970 there was a workers' rebellion in Gdansk and Gdynia on the Polish Baltic Coast. The thesis of this paper is that one of the reasons for the outburst of social discontent was an intensified state of relative deprivation, especially among the young workers. The author proves his thesis in two stages. First, he describes the economic and demographic situation in Poland in 1956-1970. Subsequently, on the basis of the analysis of workers' statements, he demonstrates the existence of a state of relative deprivation. The historical sources consist of the reports of the Secret Police and the Organizational Department of the Central Committee of the PUWP, as well as letters sent by the workers to the Polish Radio and TV.
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