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

M. B. B. Biskupski


This book is a discussion of how modern Poland was created by the application and manipulation of myths about its past, and the symbols that represented them. Its focus is on the era 1914–2008, and the central actor is the charismatic Józef Piłsudski. Piłsudski came to represent a disposition regarding the meaning of Polish history which eventually penetrated virtually the whole of modern Polish society. The work 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 It is ... More

Keywords: poland, piłsudski, solidarity, world war i, legions, 1926 coup, polish symbols, myths, Śmigły-rydz, sikorski, independence day, november 11th, may 3rd

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. B. B. Biskupski, author
Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish History, Central Connecticut State University