In this paper, I apply the
concept of legitimacy to analyse the history of Polish communist rule, its
gradual degredation and the final outcomes of Poland's bloodless revolutin:
Polish history leading to the revolution of 1989 symbolizes a lengthy
development process that gradually established the conditions for reform. This
process would finally commence the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, and
the development of a young democratic system in Poland.
Natalie Catherine Chwalisz holds a BA in International Relations from Beloit College.
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