History of the 20th century Byelorussia in Polish historiography of 1989-2011  Cover Image

XX-wieczna historia Białorusi w poglądach historiografi i polskiej lat 1989-2011
History of the 20th century Byelorussia in Polish historiography of 1989-2011

Author(s): Grzegorz Strauchold
Subject(s): History
Published by: Издательство Исторического факультета СПбГУ
Keywords: Byelorussia; Poland; History of the Eastern Europe in the 20th century; historiography

Summary/Abstract: Since democratisation of Polish political regime in 1989 Polish historians have been free to express their views under no censorship. In the years 1989-1991 the Soviet Union came to disintegration. In its stead many independent countries were created, including the Republic of Belarus. Due to the large Polish minority there as well as historically close Polish-Belarusian relations, Polish historians have frequently spoken of Belarus. Particularly, of its modern history in the 20th century, while after the 1st World War independent Belarus was born just between Poland experiencing its revival and Russia experiencing its civil war. Mutual relations in the years 1921-1939, when Belarus was divided between Poland and the USSR, still cause vivid reactions of Polish historians. Even stronger emotions are triggered by the period of the 2nd World War, when - starting from September 1939 - Belarusian territories were united under the Soviet Union. Some Polish historians are especially interested in last two decades after 1991, when the independent Republic of Belarus has existed - in the beginning, as a democratic country, but later and for many years, as an anti-democratic dictatorship.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 102-114
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish