Modern History of Poland

In its infancy, Poland was a satellite state of Russia. In the 1947 elections, Boleslaw Bierut, a Soviet citizen was elected the President and with the constitution patterned on the lines of the Soviet model, everything in Poland had a Soviet look and feel about it.

In the mid-1950s, there were widespread student protests against the atrocities of the Communist regime. The revolts against Moscow authorities led to an abolition of the oppressive Stalinist regime but there was no improvement in the conditions of the common man.

The common man in Poland had to bear the brunt of food scarcity and expensive housing. In such times, a labor uprising was imminent. It came about with a certain Lech Walesa's Solidarity Labor Union.

The Solidarity party enjoyed immense popularity amongst the masses. It is no wonder that in the 1989 general elections it won by an overwhelming majority. Lech Walesa was elected President of the country.

However, economic conditions did not improve and Poland was again thrown back into turbulent times. From 1990 to 1996 Poland had as many as eight Prime Ministers.

Unemployment was rampant in Poland and workers lived under pitiable conditions. The nightmares of the Communist regime still ravaged Polish society.

The political conditions have stabilized a little in the first few years of the present century and it can be safely concluded that, as before, the diehard spirit of the Polish people will see them through come what may.