OCR GCSE History: Poland 1956–1990

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A1:3 Poland 1956–1990

This depth study focuses on the relationship between the Polish people and the Communist state in Poland from 1956–1990. Learners will need to be familiar with the key issues specified in the introduction to the non-British depth studies on page 14 of the specification. These issues will be assessed.

Gomułka 1956–1970

  • Political protests in 1956, including Poznań and state reaction to protests;
  • Gomułka’s national communism;
  • Relations between Communist government and Catholic Church, including church building in Nowa Huta; reasons for, and impact of, state role in agriculture;
  • Press freedoms; Gomułka’s relationship with workers’ councils;
  • Anti-Semitism and its role in protest;
  • March 1968;
  • Baltic shipyard riots 1970;
  • Gomułka’s resignation.

Gierek 1970–1980

  • Continuing economic problems and reactions to them, including Łódź textile strikes in 1971, loans and foreign debt;
  • Amendments to the Constitution in 1976;
  • Development of organised opposition, including the letter of 59 in 1975, events of June 1976 and the establishment of the Workers’ Defence Committee;
  • Reaction to the election of Cardinal Wojtyła to Pope 1978, including the Pope’s visit to Poland 1979;
  • Emergence of Solidarity, including the role of Gdańsk shipyard in 1980;
  • Solidarity’s membership, aims and leadership;
  • Removal of Gierek.

Jaruzelski 1980–1990

  • Emergence of Jaruzelski and military rule;
  • The relationship between the state and Solidarity, including suspension, arrests and attacks; establishment of OPZZ 1984;
  • Effect of strikes in 1981, including the warning strike;
  • Escalating economic problems; the Pope’s visit to Poland 1983;
  • Lech Wałęsa awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1983; war of information from underground Solidarity;
  • Murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko 1984 and trial;
  • Developments leading to the Round Table Agreements of 1989; changes to the Constitution 1989;
  • The Balcerowicz Plan;
  • Presidential election of Lech Wałęsa 1990.

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • Module 1 1956 October Protest Glue In Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 1956 October Protest Glue In Sheet (docx)
  • Module 1 A Short Film About Gdansk 1970 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Anti-Semitism In Poland (pptx)
  • Module 1 Anti-Semitism In Post-Wwii Poland (mp4)
  • Module 1 Baltic Shipyard Riots (pdf)
  • Module 1 Baltic Shipyard Riots (docx)
  • Module 1 Communist Government And Catholic Church Under Gomulka (pptx)
  • Module 1 Gomulka And The Worker (pdf)
  • Module 1 Gomulka And The Worker (docx)
  • Module 1 Gomulka Returns Triumphant 1956 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Gomulka S Resignation Glue In Sheet (docx)
  • Module 1 Gomulka S Resignation Glue In Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 Gomulka S Response To The Anti-Semitic List Glue In (pdf)
  • Module 1 Gomulka S Response To The Anti-Semitic List Glue In (docx)
  • Module 1 Poland 1956 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Polish Cardinal Released 1956 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Political Protests In 1956 Poznan (pptx)
  • Module 1 Political Protests In 1956 Poznan Poster Sheets (pptx)
  • Module 1 Political Protests In 1956 Poznan Poster Sheets (pdf)
  • Module 1 Poznan Riot Trial 1956 (mp4)
  • Module 1 State Agricultural Farms (pdf)
  • Module 1 State Agricultural Farms (docx)
  • Module 1 The Lord S Ark (docx)
  • Module 1 The Lord S Ark (pdf)
  • Module 1 The Poznan Protest Chart (docx)
  • Module 1 The Poznan Protest Chart (pdf)
  • Module 2 Edward Gierek S Term As Polish Leader (pdf)
  • Module 2 Edward Gierek S Term As Polish Leader (docx)
  • Module 2 Election New Pope John-Paul Ii Cardinal Karel Wojtyla Of Poland Colour 1 (mp4)
  • Module 2 First Visit Of John Paul Ii In Poland In 1979 (mp4)
  • Module 2 Solidarity (pptx)
  • Module 2 Solidarity Movement Poland 1989 (mp4)
  • Module 2 Synd 17 10 78 People Of Warsaw Reactions To New Polish Pope (mp4)
  • Module 3 1980- Lech Walesa Solidarity (mp4)
  • Module 3 1981 Warning Strikes Project Prep Work (docx)
  • Module 3 1981 Warning Strikes Project Prep Work (pdf)
  • Module 3 Bbc News Sunday 13 December 1981 (mp4)
  • Module 3 Blessed Fr (mp4)
  • Module 3 Emergence Of Jaruzelski And Military Rule (pptx)
  • Module 3 Impact Of Solidarity (pdf)
  • Module 3 Impact Of Solidarity (docx)
  • Module 3 Lech Walesa Nobel Peace Prize Winner (docx)
  • Module 3 Lech Walesa Nobel Peace Prize Winner (pdf)
  • Module 3 Lech Walesa- My Work Here Is Done (mp4)
  • Module 3 Murder And Trial Of Father Jerzy Popie Uszko (pdf)
  • Module 3 Murder And Trial Of Father Jerzy Popie Uszko (docx)
  • Module 3 Nine Days That Changed The World Official Trailer (mp4)
  • Module 3 Papal Visit To Poland 1983 (pptx)
  • Module 3 Solidarity How Poland Changed The World (mp4)
  • Module 3 The Creation Of The Opzz Student Glue In Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 3 The Creation Of The Opzz Student Glue In Sheet (docx)
  • Module 3 The Martial Law In Poland 1981-1983 (mp4)
  • OCR GCSE History Exam Booklets (zip)