Independence Day: Myth, Symbol, and the Creation of Modern Poland

Hardcover | October 15, 2012

byM. B. B. Biskupski

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The 11th of November 1918, Polish Independence Day, is a curious anniversary whose commemoration has been only intermittently observed in the last century. In fact, the day - and the several symbols that rightly or wrongly have become associated with it - has a rather convoluted history,filled with tradition and myth, which deserves attention.Independence Day is more than just the history of a day, or the evolution of its celebration, but an explanation of what meaning has come to be associated with that date. It offers a re-reading of Polish history, not by a series of dates, but through a series of symbols whose combination allows thePoles to understand who they are by what they have been. Its focus is on the era 1914-2008, and the central actor is the charismatic Jozef Pilsudski. He came to represent a disposition regarding the meaning of Polish history which eventually penetrated virtually all of modern Polish society. Thework is constructed by the analysis of memoirs, documents, coins, stamps, films, maps, monuments, and many other features making it a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional volume.

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The 11th of November 1918, Polish Independence Day, is a curious anniversary whose commemoration has been only intermittently observed in the last century. In fact, the day - and the several symbols that rightly or wrongly have become associated with it - has a rather convoluted history,filled with tradition and myth, which deserves a...

M. B. B. Biskupski is the descendant of Polish immigrants from Central Poland and the distant eastern territories no longer part of the country. He is the author of a large number of studies devoted to explaining modern Poland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199658811

ISBN - 13:9780199658817

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Preface: Independence Day: A Conflicted History1. Introduction: The Myths and Symbols of Independence Day2. Discovering Independence Day3. 1918-1926: Contesting a National Myth4. 1926-1935: Formalization of a Discourse5. Independence Day and the Celebration of Pilsudski's Legend, 1935-19396. Maintaining a Pilsudskiite Independence Day, 1939-19457. Independence Day as Symbol of Protest8. The Party in Ideological Chaos9. Since 1989: The Function of Independence Day in the 3rd RepublicConclusionsBibliography