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Author Snyder, Timothy.

Title Sketches from a secret war : a Polish artist's mission to liberate Soviet Ukraine / Timothy Snyder
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (374 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Prologue : interrogations -- Introduction : cubism and conspiracy -- pt. 1. An artful ascent -- 1. Matters of trust -- 2. Promethean Ukraine -- 3. Theaters of politics -- 4. Spies of winter -- pt. 2. A political descent -- 5. Stalin's famine -- 6. The Polish terror -- 7. A revolution prepared -- 8. Revindications of souls -- pt. 3. The local world war -- 9. Glass houses -- 10. Nazi occupation -- 11. Conspiring women -- 12. Communist prison -- Epilogue : representations
Summary "The forgotten protagonist of this true account aspired to be a Cubist painter in his native Kyiv. In a Europe remade by the First World War, his talents led him to different roles - intelligence operative, powerful statesman, underground activist, lifelong conspirator. Henryk Jozewski directed Polish intelligence in Ukraine, governed the borderland region of Volhynia in the interwar years, worked in the anti-Nazi and anti-Soviet underground during the Second World War, and conspired against Poland's Stalinists until his arrest in 1953. His personal story, important in its own right, sheds new light on the foundations of Soviet power and on the ideals of those who resisted it
By following the arc of Jozewski's life, this book demonstrates that his tolerant policies toward Ukrainians in Volhynia were part of Poland's plans to roll back the communist threat." "The book mines archival materials, many available only since the fall of communism, to rescue Jozewski, his Polish milieu, and his Ukrainian dream from oblivion. An epilogue connects his legacy to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the democratic revolution in Ukraine in 2004"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-336) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed October 12, 2013)
Subject Józewski, Jan Henryk, 1892-1981.
Poland -- Relations -- Ukraine.
Ukraine -- Ethnic relations.
Ukraine -- History -- 20th century.
Ukraine -- Relations -- Poland.
Ukraine, Western -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300163525 (e-book)
9780300163520 (e-book)
Other Titles Polish artist's mission to liberate Soviet Ukraine