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Provides Encyclopedic Detail on Foreign-Ruled Poland 16 Nov. 2012
By Jan Peczkis - Published on
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This work is very detailed (review based on 1974 edition). It focuses on the political issues surrounding the attempts of Poles to resurrect the Polish state, or at least make foreign rule more bearable, during the Partition years (1895-1918), as well as the foreign reaction to these attempts. It also includes a substantial bibliography, with Wandycz commenting on the items he cites.

Having read numerous books on Poland, I conclude that Wandycz' analysis is especially strong in the following areas: Ukrainian-Polish relations, especially in Eastern Galicia; heavy-handed Prussian actions against Poles, in the late 19th and early 20th century, and how the Poles partly thwarted them; and Roman Dmowski and the Endek movement. The latter is treated objectively, using extensive citations from Dmowski's works.

Wandycz also covers the situation facing Jews in Partitioned Poland. For instance, while there were some assimilated Polish Jews, including notable ones, in Congress Poland and Galicia, this tendency should not be overstated. This assimilation never assumed mass proportions. (p. 157, 207, 222, 261-262). [The novelty and rarity of assimilated Jews may explain why Poles generally did not treat Jewish assimilation more seriously, and why they sometimes questioned the motives of Jews who did in fact assimilate.] Wandycz suggests that Jewish support for the Poles in their November (1830) Insurrection was motivated, to a considerable degree, by the harsh tsarist policies against Jews, which included drafting them for military services in an attempt to "Europeanize" them. (p. 91).

Interestingly, and on another subject, the Insurrection of 1830 was not a hopeless, romantic misadventure as sometimes assumed. The Russian military advantage could have been as low as 2:1. Had the Polish military leaders made different decisions, including an incursion into Lithuania, and had the Polish cause enjoyed substantial foreign support, the uprising had a real chance of success. (pp. 112-113).
This is Volume 7 of a series on East Central ... 3 Dec. 2014
By Sammig - Published on
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This is Volume 7 of a series on East Central Europe, and at more than 400 pages plus a detailed index, it's not a quick evening read. That said, if someone is attempting to get a sense of how Poland disappeared from the map of Europe, or how to place one's family history in context, Wandycz provides an enormously detailed and fascinating panorama of the complex political, social and economic conditions from the late 18th through the early 20th century. One real advantage of the book, particularly in the context of genealogical research (why I got the book) is that Wandycz looks not solely at the Poles as a people, but at all of the cultures - Russian, Prussian, Austrian - and people who've impacted the evolution of Poland.
Poor paperback book binding 16 Nov. 2013
By Marilyn Novak - Published on
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Paperback is not well constructed. Loose pages are threatening to fall out and the spine is unglued. Poor binding process. This issue should not have been offered for sale. I have not been able to find an Amazon phone number to call to report this. I don't want to just return it with no assurance of better quality control by BOTH the publisher and Amazon's "pickers and packers."
love history 9 Jan. 2014
By Mathew Szwedo - Published on
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this is a mandatory buy for anyone who is of polish background or would love to learn more about polish history.
Five Stars 7 Dec. 2014
By Matthew Dambro - Published on
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Best textbook on the subject
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