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The Party in Ideological Chaos

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Independence Day

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658817
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658817.003.0008
The Party in Ideological Chaos

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The first mass commemoration of Independence Day in Poland after World War II took place in 1978. After the disruptive strikes in 1976 and the Pope's election in 1978, the Party felt thrown on the defensive and reverted to its traditional reaction to November 11th. The Party had made the decision to celebrate independence and do it in early November, but failed to take the final step of declaring November 11th to be Independence Day. It was a symbol the PRL could not embrace but which it no longer had the will or clarity to resist in a coordinated manner. The Party's version of modern Polish history was shattered in 1978 and was never rebuilt.

Keywords: Independence Day; PRL; Polish history

Chapter.  14538 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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