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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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A New Account of the ‘March Events’

A New Account of the ‘March Events’

(p.319) A New Account of the ‘March Events’
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Józef Lewandowski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter evaluates Jerzy Eisler's monograph Marzec 1968 (1991), which offers a new account of the March 1968 events. The main strength in Marzec 1968 is Eisler's ability to recount accurately the atmosphere of the March days. He writes well, a quality not often found among historians, and has created a lively account of the events of 1968 without sacrificing objectivity. It is not of course surprising that individual participants saw the March events differently. To the heroes of those events, most of whom wrote reviews of Eisler's book, they were an initiation into politics that left very strong personal impressions. In general, Eisler's book is an important achievement in Polish historiography: it is a work of diligent and scrupulous scholarship, and is undoubtedly one of the best Polish monographs describing ‘real socialism’ in action. What is more, by presenting the March events in the light of what people have learnt since, in the 1980s and 1990s, Eisler raises relevant issues that need to be examined in more depth.

Keywords:   Jerzy Eisler, Marzec 1968, March 1968 events, politics, Polish historiography, Polish monographs, socialism

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