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Rola Kresów Wschodnich w dziejach Rzeczypospolitej
The Role of the Eastern Borderlands in the History of the Polish Republic

Author(s): Janusz Tazbir
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: historia polska; Kresy; Polish history; Kresy (the Eastern Borderlands)

Summary/Abstract: Throughout the years of the communist regime in Poland the political censorship remained reluctant to accept the thematics of the Borderlands. Because all these territories were a part of the USSR at that time, it was probable that the Kreml would oppose Polish interest in the Borderlands’s history. It seemed impossible, yet, to disregard the great Polish Romantic poets, who had been born there and to ignore the significance of such centres of Polish culture as: Vilnius, Lviv, or Krzemieniec. Not until Poland regained independence (in 1989) that the memoirs of people who had owned palaces or manors on these lands, as well as the studies of its flourishing cultural life were published. These texts have presented a noticeable idealization of the Borderland’s image as Daniel Beauvois, a prominent French historian, points out in his monograph: {Trójkąt ukraiński. Szlachta, carat i lud na Wołyniu, Podolu i Kijowszczyźnie 1793-1914}.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 55
  • Page Range: 31-46
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish