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Independence DayMyth, Symbol, and the Creation of Modern Poland$
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M. B. B. Biskupski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658817.001.0001

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The Party in Ideological Chaos

The Party in Ideological Chaos

(p.130) 8 The Party in Ideological Chaos
Independence Day

M. B. B. Biskupski

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The first mass commemoration of Independence Day in Poland after World War II took place in 1978. After the disruptive strikes in 1976 and the Pope's election in 1978, the Party felt thrown on the defensive and reverted to its traditional reaction to November 11th. The Party had made the decision to celebrate independence and do it in early November, but failed to take the final step of declaring November 11th to be Independence Day. It was a symbol the PRL could not embrace but which it no longer had the will or clarity to resist in a coordinated manner. The Party's version of modern Polish history was shattered in 1978 and was never rebuilt.

Keywords:   Independence Day, PRL, Polish history

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