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‘They Think We’ll Forget. No Way!’: Origins of the Revolution

Author(s): Marcin Zaremba
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Sociology, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today), Period(s) of Nation Building, History of Communism, Fascism, Nazism and WW II, Post-Communist Transformation, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Revolution; Solidarność/Solidarity; memory; December 1970; March 1968; October 1956; World War II; Warsaw Uprising; Romantic literature

Summary/Abstract: Zaremba demonstrates how insurrections and revolts were commemorated in the 1970s, how those traditions were reproduced, and who remembered them. The article begins with a description of the events of December 1970, which would become important reference points for ideas on oppositional activism. Discussing the Poles’ collective memory of March 1968 and October 1956, Zaremba emphasizes the significance of World War II: a code of resistance and cooperation has emerged as a long-term consequence, resounding most clearly and most frequently in the myth of the Warsaw Uprising. The article concludes with a discussion of what Adam Mickiewicz called książki zbójeckie (robbers’ books) – a term Zaremba applies to writers such as Bohdan Cywiński, Andrzej Kijowski and Marian Brandys. They were robbers’ books because they altered the atmosphere of public life in the 1970s, reclaiming memories of political thought that had no official place in the Polish People’s Republic.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 153-203
  • Page Count: 51
  • Language: Polish