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Title Reassessing communism : concepts, culture, and society in Poland, 1944-1989 / edited by Katarzyna Chmielewska, Agnieszka Mrozik and Grzegorz Wołowiec
Published Budapest, Hungary ; New York, NY : Central European University Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 431 pages)
Summary "The thirteen authors of this collective work undertook to articulate matter-of-fact critiques of the dominant narrative about communism in Poland while offering new analyses of the concept and examining the manifestations of anticommunism. Approaching communist ideas and practices, programs and their implementations, as an inseparable whole, they examine the issues of emancipation, upward social mobility, and changes in the cultural canon. The authors refuse to treat communism in Poland in simplistic categories of totalitarianism, absolute evil and Soviet colonization, and similarly refuse to equate communism and fascism. Nor do they adopt the neoliberal view of communism as a project doomed to failure. While wholly exempt from nostalgia, these essays show that beyond oppression and bad governance, communism was also a regime in which people pursued a variety of goals and how they sincerely attempted to build a better world for themselves. The book is interdisciplinary and applies the tools of social history, intellectual history, political philosophy, anthropology, literature, cultural studies, and gender studies to provide a nuanced view of the communist regimes in East-Central Europe"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 17, 2021)
Subject Communism -- Social aspects -- Poland -- History
Communism -- Poland.
Communism -- Social aspects.
Intellectual life.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
Politics and government.
Poland -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Poland -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Chmielewska, Katarzyna, editor.
Mrozik, Agnieszka, editor.
Wołowiec, Grzegorz, editor.
LC no. 2021058715
ISBN 9633863791