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Budoucnost Evropy v úvahách polských federalistů v exilu
The future of Europe in thoughts of Polish federalists in exile

Author(s): Martin Nekola
Subject(s): History of ideas, Political history, International relations/trade, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Cold-War History
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR
Keywords: Polish exile;Cold War;Political thought;Federalism;Central & Eastern Europe (CEE);

Summary/Abstract: Łukasiewicz, Sławomir: Third Europe: Polish Federalist Thought in the United States 1940–1971. Saint Helena (Cal.): Helena History Press, 2016, 478 pp., ISBN 978-1-943596058. According to the reviewer, the publication, initially published in Polish under the title "Trzecia Europa: Polska myśl federalistyczna w Stanach Zjednoczonych, 1940–1971" (Warszawa – Lublin, Instytut Pamięci Narodowej 2010), is one of the first works providing a thorough analysis of how the Polish exile community in the West reacted to unfavourable international developments during WW2 and after the divisionof Europe by the Iron Curtain and how its members imagined Europe’s new ideal arrangement. However, the author does not only deal with theoretical concepts of selected personalities, but also provides an insight into the complex situation of the Polish exile community, clearly explains causes of conflicts and disputes between its various groups and fractions, and, in particular, presents a broad range of its activities. The book is a fascinating chronicle of the life and thoughts of people engaged in an exhaustive struggle for their distant motherland which they, due to circumstances, had been forced to abandon and which many of them did not see again, and for their own nation which the Communist propaganda had made believe they were traitors and enemies.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 142-145
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Czech