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Najnowsza historia Polski w publikacjach „drugiego obiegu” w latach 1980—1981
The latest history of Poland in publications of the “second circuit” between 1980 and 1981

Author(s): Zbigniew Osiński
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The second circuit involves illegal publications unapproved of by censorship. Numerouspublishing houses connected with a political opposition conducted an intensified activity between1980 and 1981 because of the growth of a social interest in “the second circuit”. Theeffect was a crop of publications on among others the latest history of Poland (the period ofthe 20th century). Apart from the actions of independent circles in favour of putting the historyaway, characterized as taking care of objectivism and the real course of events the publicationsappeared which due to a factual level and a dose of subjectivism were getting closerto the official historiography. Some circles strongly manipulated the texts of the past for theirown political and ideological needs. Also, there were many books involving simplificationsand mistakes deriving from insufficient academic method. The role of the majority of historicalpublications of “the second circuit” for putting the latest history of Poland away and fillingin “white stains” left by the official historiography was not to be overestimated.

  • Page Range: 69-83
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish