The Cooperativism and Democracy, edited by Bartłomiej Błesznowski is not purely a scientific book, but rather a guide which shows how scholars and activists wrote about the community, social participation and the politics in Poland in the early 20th century. The book contains a selection of texts in socio-political thought, led by the work of one of most important Polish thinkers – Edward Abramowski, socialist, philosopher and psychologist. Polish cooperativism can be inspiring to both contemporary researchers and political activists in Europe post the economic crisis, which brought about a crisis of faith in political and economic institutions. These works have a chance to become a significant voice in the debate over the relationship of contemporary economics and politics.
Contributors are: Edward Abramowski, Fr. Stanisław Adamski, Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Zygmunt Chmielewski, Zofia Daszyńska-Golińska, Maria Dąbrowska, Jan Hempel, Jerzy Kurnatowski, Romuald Mielzarski, Remigiusz Okraska, Maria Orsetti, Adam Próchnik, Marian Rapacki, Franciszek Stefczyk, Edward Taylor, Stanisław Thugutt, Stanisław Wojciechowski, and Jan Wolski.
First published in Polish as
Kooperatyzm, spółdzielczość, demokracja. Wybór pism by Wydawnictwo Uniwerstytetu Warszawskiego in 2014. The current work includes an additional chapter ‘Through Cooperatives to the Future Order’ by Zofia Daszyńska-Golińska.
Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Ph. D. (1983), University of Warsaw, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is one of the creators of the research project 'Traditions of Polish Cooperativism' and co-editor of
Genealogy of Contemporaneity. A History of Ideas in Poland 1815–1939 (WUW, 2015).
Table of contents
AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsAbout the Contributors 1
Utopia in the Service of Modernity: On the Sources of CooperativismBartłomiej Błesznowski 2
From Self-Help to the Vision of New System: An Outline of the Material and Ideological Development of the Cooperative Movement in Poland to the Year 1939Remigiusz Okraska
Part 1: Cooperativism and Democracy
The Social Ideas of CooperativismEdward Abramowski 4
Clasped HandsWith of without the IdeaMaria Dąbrowska 5
Solidarism as a Doctrine of DemocracyJerzy Kurnatowski 6
On Uniting the MovementRomuald Mielczarski 7
Through Cooperatives to the Future OrderZofia Daszyńska-Golińska
Part 2: The Aims and Functions of Cooperativism
Woman, Whose Name is Millions (On the Responsibilities of Women in the Cooperative Movement)Maria Orsetti 9
The Social Aims of CooperativesStanisław Thugutt 10
A National Ideology of CooperativismStanisław Wojciechowski 11
An Economic Program for Consumer CooperativismMarian Rapacki 12
The Concept of CooperativismCooperativism as the Organization of Relatively Weak Economic ElementsEdward Taylor
Part 3: The Social Bases of Labor Cooperativism
Consumer Cooperatives and Trade UnionsJan Hempel 14
Work CooperativesJan Wolski
Part 4: Universal Cooperativism or Labor Cooperativism
The Universal or Class Nature of CooperativismMarian Rapacki 16
The Ideology of Labor CooperativismAdam Próchnik
Part 5: The Agricultural Cooperative Movement and the Stefczyk Savings and Loan Fund
The Past and Future of the Farmers’ Agricultural and Trade CooperativesFr. Stanisław Adamski 18
The Position of Cooperativism in AgricultureFranciszek Stefczyk 19
The Farming Cooperative and Its DevelopmentZygmunt Chmielewski
Part 6: Housing Cooperativism 20 The Importance of Cooperative HousingTeodor Toeplitz 21 “Glass Houses”: An Experiment in Cooperative LifeAdam PróchnikBibliographyPersonal Index
All interested in the history of modern social movements in Central and Eastern Europe, especially academic researchers and social and political activists worked on idea of cooperation and mutual aid.