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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113171

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.001.0001

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Henry Rollet. La Pologne au XXe siècle. Paris: Pedone. 1985. Pp. 604.

Henry Rollet. La Pologne au XXe siècle. Paris: Pedone. 1985. Pp. 604.

Henry Rollet. La Pologne au XXe siècle. Paris: Pedone. 1985. Pp. 604.
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1

Józef Lewandowski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses Henry Rollet's La Pologne au XX siècle (1985). This recently published history of contemporary Poland by the outstanding French historian Henry Rollet deserves careful attention both for its grasp of the subject and its discussion concerning nationalism in general and Jewish nationalism in particular. The book consists of four chronological sections: ‘Towards Independence’ (Poland to 1918); ‘The Second Republic’ (the inter-war period); ‘Poland during the Second World War’; and ‘The “People's Democracy”.’ In the presentation of the events down to 1918, the most noticeable observation is Rollet's view that until 1876, the Poles were best off under Prussian occupation. Another statement which also provides much food for thought is that during the liberal period, voluntary, spontaneous Germanization made consistent progress.

Keywords:   Henry Rollet, contemporary Poland, nationalism, Jewish nationalism, Poles, Prussian occupation, Germanization

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