Date of Award

5-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

B.A.

Program of Study

History

Language

English

First Advisor

Thomas Heinrich

Abstract

The focus of this thesis is to analyze the popular culture in Poland during the 1970s and 1980s. The 1970s and 1980s were a crucial time for Poland which contained many political and cultural changes. For the citizens of Poland, the 1970s represented a time of economic prosperity and a time of adherence to the government. This contrasts the political unrest that occurred during the 1980s. The popular culture of the 1970s and 1980s reflects this shift. The popular culture of Poland during the 1970s will be analyzed by using music, magazines and comedy skits. It will portray propaganda that was in circulation to the people and how performers overcame it. The popular culture of Poland during the 1980s will be analyzed using music and comedy skits and how it reflected the tensions between Poles and the government. This shift in actions by entertainers will be shown to have aided the criticism of the Party.

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