3 Articles by: David Ost

David Ost is professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and author of The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe.

The Rise and Fall of Poland’s Solidarity Movement

Four decades ago, Poland’s communist system faced the challenge of a powerful independent workers’ movement and eventually drove it underground. Understanding Solidarity’s fate during and after communism is essential for making sense of Polish politics today.