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The Spring Will Be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003


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"A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989."

"The book's strengths are great and many."

--P.W. Knoll, Choice

"A masterly work."

--John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago

"The Spring Will Be Ours is a major achievement of Polish history. It is the first attempted synthesis of a crucial period, largely falsified in the communist writings, based on newly available sources and interpretations. Paczkowski is a seasoned historian, who writes well and who shows remarkable insights into the problems of the Polish people and republic."--Piotr Wandycz, Yale University

"An excellent, readable, and perceptive analysis of Poland's modern history. Essential to a deeper understanding of the experience and orientation of America's important new European ally."--Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security adviser

"Under the communist regime, Polish historians labored to make sense of the difficult history of their country, despite censorship and official 'blank spots' in that history. Some of that work was published by underground publishing houses, some overseas, and some was kept in desk drawers. Andrzej Paczkowski's book represents the historical understanding that gradually emerged in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s and reached full maturity in the years following 1989 with the removal of academic restraints and access to hitherto inaccessible sources. The Spring Will Be Ours, authored by one of Poland's leading historians, eloquently sums up this new view of history and provides major insights into the historical consciousness of the Polish intelligentsia. It is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989."--Michael Bernhard, Penn State

"Here, in lucid, uncluttered, and dispassionate form, is Poland's political history from September 1939, when German and Soviet tanks rolled in, until 1989, when the communist regime faded out. Paczkowski, a Polish historian, treats in great detail the wartime occupation and the dramatic decade of the 1980s: in between, he deals well, if briefly, with the creation of the regime, the explosive 1950s, and the dress rehearsals of hte 1970s. His analytical restraint and unemotional judgement inspire confidence, as does his dual role as first-hand observer and professional historian. It is, however, disconcerting that a book this scholarly has no footnotes, even for direct quotations."--Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

"Andrzej Paczkowski's measured and lightly readable narrative covers every aspect of this story, and his handling of the material is masterful."--Adam Zamoyski, Times Literary Supplement

"Writing in elegant prose, Paczkowski makes persuasive comments and judgments about this half-century of Poland's history. The Spring Will Be Ours is a masterly work."--John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago

"The book's strengths are great and many."--P.W. Knoll, Choice

"A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989."--Michael Bernhard, University of Florida

The Spring Will Be Ours is a major achievement of Polish history. It is the first attempted synthesis of a crucial period, largely falsified in the communist writings, based on newly available sources and interpretations. Paczkowski is a seasoned historian, who writes well and who shows remarkable insights into the problems of the Polish people and republic. Piotr Wandycz, Yale University"

An excellent, readable, and perceptive analysis of Poland s modern history. Essential to a deeper understanding of the experience and orientation of America s important new European ally. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security adviser"

Under the communist regime, Polish historians labored to make sense of the difficult history of their country, despite censorship and official blank spots in that history. Some of that work was published by underground publishing houses, some overseas, and some was kept in desk drawers. Andrzej Paczkowski s book represents the historical understanding that gradually emerged in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s and reached full maturity in the years following 1989 with the removal of academic restraints and access to hitherto inaccessible sources. The Spring Will Be Ours, authored by one of Poland s leading historians, eloquently sums up this new view of history and provides major insights into the historical consciousness of the Polish intelligentsia. It is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989. Michael Bernhard, Penn State"

Here, in lucid, uncluttered, and dispassionate form, is Poland s political history from September 1939, when German and Soviet tanks rolled in, until 1989, when the communist regime faded out. Paczkowski, a Polish historian, treats in great detail the wartime occupation and the dramatic decade of the 1980s: in between, he deals well, if briefly, with the creation of the regime, the explosive 1950s, and the dress rehearsals of hte 1970s. His analytical restraint and unemotional judgement inspire confidence, as does his dual role as first-hand observer and professional historian. It is, however, disconcerting that a book this scholarly has no footnotes, even for direct quotations. Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs"

Andrzej Paczkowski s measured and lightly readable narrative covers every aspect of this story, and his handling of the material is masterful. Adam Zamoyski, Times Literary Supplement"

Writing in elegant prose, Paczkowski makes persuasive comments and judgments about this half-century of Poland's history. The Spring Will Be Ours is a masterly work. John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago"

The book s strengths are great and many. P.W. Knoll, Choice"

A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989. Michael Bernhard, University of Florida"

The book s strengths are great and many.

P.W. Knoll, Choice"

A masterly work.

John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago"

"Writing in elegant prose, Paczkowski makes persuasive comments and judgments about this half-century of Poland's history. The Spring Will Be Ours is a masterly work."

--John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago

"A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989."

--Michael Bernhard, University of Florida

"The Spring Will Be Ours is a major achievement of Polish history. It is the first attempted synthesis of a crucial period, largely falsified in the communist writings, based on newly available sources and interpretations. Paczkowski is a seasoned historian, who writes well and who shows remarkable insights into the problems of the Polish people and republic."

--Piotr Wandycz, Yale University

"An excellent, readable, and perceptive analysis of Poland's modern history. Essential to a deeper understanding of the experience and orientation of America's important new European ally."

--Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security adviser

"Under the communist regime, Polish historians labored to make sense of the difficult history of their country, despite censorship and official 'blank spots' in that history. Some of that work was published by underground publishing houses, some overseas, and some was kept in desk drawers. Andrzej Paczkowski's book represents the historical understanding that gradually emerged in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s and reached full maturity in the years following 1989 with the removal of academic restraints and access to hitherto inaccessible sources. The Spring Will Be Ours, authored by one of Poland's leading historians, eloquently sums up this new view of history and provides major insights into the historical consciousness of the Polish intelligentsia. It is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989."

--Michael Bernhard, Penn State

"Here, in lucid, uncluttered, and dispassionate form, is Poland's political history from September 1939, when German and Soviet tanks rolled in, until 1989, when the communist regime faded out. Paczkowski, a Polish historian, treats in great detail the wartime occupation and the dramatic decade of the 1980s: in between, he deals well, if briefly, with the creation of the regime, the explosive 1950s, and the dress rehearsals of hte 1970s. His analytical restraint and unemotional judgement inspire confidence, as does his dual role as first-hand observer and professional historian. It is, however, disconcerting that a book this scholarly has no footnotes, even for direct quotations."

--Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

"Andrzej Paczkowski's measured and lightly readable narrative covers every aspect of this story, and his handling of the material is masterful."

--Adam Zamoyski, Times Literary Supplement

"The writing is lively and engaging. Paczkowski is very comprehensive in his coverage and does not seem to miss an issue or leave an event uncovered."

--Mariusz Sumlinski, Polish Library News

"In summary, the book provides a rare mirror of history in which those who made, and those who were subjects of, the events described in the book can see themselves and each other. One only hopes that Paczkowski will follow this achievement with an equally rich and revealing description of the most recent Polish history."

--Mariusz Sumlinski, Polish Library News

Writing in elegant prose, Paczkowski makes persuasive comments and judgments about this half-century of Poland's history. The Spring Will Be Ours is a masterly work.

John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois at Chicago"

A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989.

Michael Bernhard, University of Florida"

The Spring Will Be Ours is a major achievement of Polish history. It is the first attempted synthesis of a crucial period, largely falsified in the communist writings, based on newly available sources and interpretations. Paczkowski is a seasoned historian, who writes well and who shows remarkable insights into the problems of the Polish people and republic.

Piotr Wandycz, Yale University"

An excellent, readable, and perceptive analysis of Poland s modern history. Essential to a deeper understanding of the experience and orientation of America s important new European ally.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security adviser"

Under the communist regime, Polish historians labored to make sense of the difficult history of their country, despite censorship and official blank spots in that history. Some of that work was published by underground publishing houses, some overseas, and some was kept in desk drawers. Andrzej Paczkowski s book represents the historical understanding that gradually emerged in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s and reached full maturity in the years following 1989 with the removal of academic restraints and access to hitherto inaccessible sources. The Spring Will Be Ours, authored by one of Poland s leading historians, eloquently sums up this new view of history and provides major insights into the historical consciousness of the Polish intelligentsia. It is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Polish history, or the development of the historical profession in Poland since 1989.

Michael Bernhard, Penn State"

Here, in lucid, uncluttered, and dispassionate form, is Poland s political history from September 1939, when German and Soviet tanks rolled in, until 1989, when the communist regime faded out. Paczkowski, a Polish historian, treats in great detail the wartime occupation and the dramatic decade of the 1980s: in between, he deals well, if briefly, with the creation of the regime, the explosive 1950s, and the dress rehearsals of hte 1970s. His analytical restraint and unemotional judgement inspire confidence, as does his dual role as first-hand observer and professional historian. It is, however, disconcerting that a book this scholarly has no footnotes, even for direct quotations.

Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs"

Andrzej Paczkowski s measured and lightly readable narrative covers every aspect of this story, and his handling of the material is masterful.

Adam Zamoyski, Times Literary Supplement"

The writing is lively and engaging. Paczkowski is very comprehensive in his coverage and does not seem to miss an issue or leave an event uncovered.

Mariusz Sumlinski, Polish Library News"

In summary, the book provides a rare mirror of history in which those who made, and those who were subjects of, the events described in the book can see themselves and each other. One only hopes that Paczkowski will follow this achievement with an equally rich and revealing description of the most recent Polish history.

Mariusz Sumlinski, Polish Library News"

About the Author

Andrzej Paczkowski is Professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, where he also is a member of the Board of the Institute of National Remembrance. He serves as editor of Intermarium: An Online Journal of East Central European Postwar History and on the editorial board of the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies. He co-authored, with Stephane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panne, Karel Bartosek, and Jean-Louis Margolin, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (1999)."


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