Monograph

Robert Traba (2015)

The Past in the Present. The Construction of Polish History

Publishing house Peter Lang
Place of publication Frankfurt am Main
Page references 333
Series Eastern European Culture, Politics and Societies
Language English

ISBN: 978-3-631-64047-0

What do we remember from our national past and why? What are the dangers of history being (mis-)appropriated by politicians? Past in the
Present provides a critical analysis of recent disputes over Polish historiography. The author uses theories of collective memory as a guideline,
and the Polish-German borderlands as his leitmotif. Western academic currents and long-standing (and often forgotten) Polish intellectual
traditions serve as backdrop. Throughout his work – with topics ranging from Golo Mann and Stefan Czarnowski to the «other side of memory»
and the «political cult of the fallen» – Traba advocates modernization and «polyphony» in the construction of a new Polish history.

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  • The Past in the Present

    Reviewed by M.A. Ela Rossmiller

  • The Past in the Present. The Construction of Polish History

    Reviewed by Prof. Katarzyna Stoklosa