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Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom

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Poland in the Modern World presents a history of the country from the late nineteenth century to the present, incorporating new perspectives from social and cultural history and positioning it in a broad global context

  • Challenges traditional accounts Poland that tend to focus on national, political history, emphasizing the country's 'exceptionalism'.

  • Presents a lively, multi-dimensional story, balancing coverage of high politics with discussion of social, cultural and economic changes, and their effects on individuals' daily lives.

  • Explores both the regional diversity within Poland and the country's place within Europe and the wider world.

  • Provides a new interpretive framework for understanding key historical events in Poland's modern history, including the experiences of World War II and the postwar communist era.

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. A NEW HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE
    3. TITLE PAGE
    4. COPYRIGHT PAGE
    5. LIST OF FIGURES
    6. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    7. PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
    8. INTRODUCTION
      1. Notes
    9. 1 POLES WITHOUT POLAND, 1795–1918
      1. Languages and Labels
      2. Faith and Fatherland
      3. Nation Building and the National Struggle
      4. Industry, Cities, and Modernity
      5. Notes
      6. Further Reading
    10. 2 THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE AT THE START OF THE 20TH CENTURY
      1. Varieties of Socialism
      2. National Democracy
      3. Agrarians
      4. Notes
      5. Further Reading
    11. 3 NATION AND/OR REVOLUTION, 1914–22
      1. The PPS and the Endecja
      2. War and Revolution
      3. The Polish Revolution
      4. The Polish–Bolshevik War
      5. Notes
      6. Further Reading
    12. 4 THE AMBIVALENCE OF DEMOCRACY AND AUTHORITY, 1922–39
      1. The Nation-State versus the Civic-State
      2. The May Coup
      3. The Sanacja
      4. Notes
      5. Further Reading
    13. 5 HYPERINFLATION AND DEPRESSION: THE INTERWAR PERIOD
      1. Regional Differences
      2. The Great Inflation
      3. The Great Depression
      4. Notes
      5. Further Reading
    14. 6 JEWS, UKRAINIANS, AND OTHER POLES IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD
      1. Jewish Poles and Polish Jews
      2. Ukrainians
      3. Notes
      4. Further Reading
    15. 7 WORLD WAR II, 1939–45
      1. The September Campaign
      2. Occupation and Terror
      3. Resistance
      4. Contested Memories
      5. Notes
      6. Further Reading
    16. 8 CONQUEST OR REVOLUTION? 1945–56
      1. The Ideological Stakes
      2. Power Politics and the Start of the Cold War, 1944–48
      3. The Experience of Stalinism
      4. Notes
      5. Further Reading
    17. 9 THE YEAR 1956 AND THE RISE OF NATIONAL COMMUNISM
      1. Gomułka’s “Thaw”
      2. Gomułka’s “Polish Road”
      3. Notes
      4. Further Reading
    18. 10 COMMUNISM AND CONSUMERISM
      1. The Emergence of the Communist Consumer
      2. Notes
      3. Further Reading
    19. 11 THE END OF THE PRL, 1976–89
      1. Dissent and Opposition
      2. Solidarity
      3. 1989
      4. Notes
      5. Further Reading
    20. 12 SHOCK THERAPY
      1. Notes
      2. Further Reading
    21. 13 POLITICS IN THE THIRD REPUBLIC
      1. Trends Towards the Future
      2. Notes
      3. Further Reading
    22. INDEX