1949 – 1958

Decade of totalitarianism and relief. After the Soviets installed their administrative structures in Poland and removed any meaningful armed resistance, they transformed the country into a smaller version of the USSR under Stalin’s rule. This involved all aspects of social activity. Stalinist influence lasted beyond Stalin’s death. Liberalisation from hardline and partial autonomy from the USSR only became possible in 1956, after Nikita Khrushchev broke away from Stalin’s legacy.

December 12, 2018
1949- 1958

Decade of totalitarianism and relief. After the Soviets installed their administrative structures in Poland and removed any meaningful armed resistance, they transformed the country into a smaller version of the…

December 13, 2018
1959 -1968

Decade of increasing stagnation. After the initial post-war development boom in the 1950s, the ineffective centrally planned economy began stagnating. This led to a general dissatisfaction with the performance of…

Written by: Bartosz Stefaniak