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Author Kunicki, Mikołaj Stanisław, author.

Title Between the brown and the red : nationalism, Catholicism, and communism in twentieth-century Poland : the politics of Bolesław Piasecki / Mikołaj Stanisław Kunicki
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2012]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 266 pages) : illustrations
Series Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American studies series
Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American studies series.
Contents Illustrations -- Series Editor's Preface -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- Guide to Pronunciation -- Introduction -- 1. The Early Years, 1915-35 -- 2. The National Radical Movement, 1934-39 -- 3. The War Years, 1939-44 -- 4. Under the Cross and the Red Flag, 1945-56 -- 5. Years of Hope and Disappointment,1956-67 -- 6. The Last Crusade, 1967-68 -- 7. The Exit of the Crusader, 1970-79 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary In this study of the relationship of nationalism, communism, authoritarianism, and religion in twentieth-century Poland, Mikolaj Kunicki shows how the country's communist rulers tried to adapt communism to local traditions, particularly ethnocentric nationalism and Catholicism. Focusing on the political career of Boleslaw Piasecki, a Polish nationalist politician who started his journey as a fascist before the war and ended it as a procommunist activist, Kunicki demonstrates that Polish Communists reinforced the ethnocentric self-definition of Polishness and--as Piasecki's case proves--prolonged the existence of the nationalist Right. Between the Brown and the Red captures the multifaceted nature of church-state relations in Communist Poland, relations that oscillated between mutual confrontation, accommodation, and dialogue rather than stagnating in a state of constant struggle. Contrary to assumptions, under Communism the bond between religion and nation in Poland grew stronger. Between the Brown and the Red also introduces to the reader one of the most fascinating figures in the history of twentieth-century Poland and the Communist world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-243) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Piasecki, Bolesław.
Piasecki, Bolesław.
Catholic Church -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
Catholic Church.
Politicians -- Poland -- Biography
Communism and Christianity -- Poland
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Nationalism & Patriotism.
Communism and Christianity.
Politics and government
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1918-1945.
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1945-1980.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012009339
ISBN 9780821444207