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Type: Thesis
Title: The political role of the Catholic Church in Poland under martial law, 1981-1983.
Author: Jocher, Jessica
Issue Date: 2015
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences
Abstract: Most historians and political commentators agree that the Catholic Church was an important force in Communist Poland during the period of Martial Law between 1981 and 1983. However, they do not agree on the nature of its significance. Some have argued that the Church played the role of mediator between state authorities and society and thereby helped to stabilise the relationship between the two. Others have claimed that Polish Catholicism was itself a form of political opposition which helped to undermine the Communist regime. Despite its importance, relatively little has been written in English about the political role of the Polish Catholic Church under Martial Law. More has been written on this topic in Polish, but much of the Polish literature is hagiographical in nature. Therefore, this project explores various aspects of the political role of the Catholic Church and demonstrates that it was both a stabilising and a resistant force in Polish politics.
Advisor: Pritchard, Gareth
Drapac, Vesna Maria
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Phil.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Social Sciences, 2015
Keywords: Communism; Poland; Catholic Church; martial law; 1981-1983; Jozef Glemp; Stefan Wyszynski; Pope John Paul II; Jerzy Popieluszko; politics
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