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Poland: A Modern History
Polish independence following the end of World War I marked a new era for a nation which had endured centuries of foreign partition. But the spirit of Polish nationalism - forged during this long period of external domination - has been frequently at odds with the modernizing drives of democracy and communism. How can the ideals of nationalism survive in a modern nation-st ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 03, 2014 Judyta Szaciłło rated it liked it · review of another edition
The book is well-written, concise and quite objective, but the apparatus is poor: the footnotes are very few and imprecise, there is no list of the photographs and maps used in the body of the book, the maps are also scarce, and one of them (p. 159) is frightfully mistaken. It seems that someone took Rzeszów and its adjacent lands for Lviv, and attached the whole thing to the USSR (the actual USSR gains after WW2 are not shown, although that is what the map claims to be showing).
This book flows nicely and the author has found a good balance between detail and synthesis. It focuses mainly on political developments and has a good concluding chapter zooming back out to look at the big picture. The style is very matter of fact and the author does not give the reader many hints on her own views or perspectives on events. The upside of this is that one gets the sense that one is looking at an objective assessment but the downside is that the reader gets less engaged in the st ...more