Backwardness and Modernization: Poland and Eastern Europe in the 16th-20th Centuries

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 322 pages
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The subject of this book is the economic backwardness of Poland and Eastern Europe in the modern era. The studies in the first part analyse various aspects of the region's economic and social history in the period from the 16th to the 20th centuries, such as the nature of peasant economics, the character of economic evolution, and the ambiguity of social and economic relations between Poland and the West. The second part deals with the change following the fall of state socialism. Papers in this part argue that, for understanding the present, it is necessary to take into consideration historical legacies. It is also important to look at the process of this recent change comparatively, both within Eastern Europe and comparing this region with other parts of the world. Professor Kochanowicz's contention in these essays is that the so-called transformation has had to cope not only with the effects of state socialism, but also with a much longer legacy of backwardness.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements viii
13
CONTENTS
17
peasant resistance
34
The Polish economy and the evolution of dependency 92130
92
Could a Polish noble became an entrepreneur?
152
a question
162
18701914
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in or out? 120
222
Reforming weak states and deficient bureaucracies 195225
244
the end of the road? 5978
260
ideas on the state of the post
260
New solidarities? Market change and social cohesion
260
reflections on the welfare state
vi
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Jacek Kochanowicz is Associate Professor of Economic History at the University of Warsaw.

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