Without examining the long, complicated, and even distinguished constitutional history of Poland, it is impossible to understand the challenge facing that country as endeavors to establish a new Polish constitution are underway. History and tradition have long been the inspirational force and strength behind Poland's continual resistance to aggressors and occupiers, including the communist authorities. Ultimately, the constitutional history of Poland proved to be a dominating factor in the defeat of communism and the development of an independent Polish state, changes which lead to similar events throughout the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This examination of the constitutional history of Poland and the repeated efforts to establish a constitutional state will provide a backdrop to the current debate on constitutional change in Poland.
Developing a New Constitution for Poland,
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