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Poland’s peculiar position in the international sphere is reflected in the singularity of her politics. Adam Bromke, providing requisite background material but concentrating on specific events, presents the provocative thesis that the most significant phenomenon of Polish political life is the discrepancy felt between Poland’s potential and actual status in the world. This traditional antinomy between idealism and realism is defined and extended by the author to place the program and policies of the Communist party and other indigenous political movements in a broad historical perspective and to illuminate the nature and direction of Polish political developments.