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19 December 2023

When History Matters Too Much: Historians and the Politics of History in Poland

Contemporary European History
When History Matters Too Much: Historians and the Politics of History in Poland

Academic historians often complain that their work is not appreciated by the public and that the impact of their books is limited to a few other scholars. There are, however, situations where historians face the opposite challenge, namely a great deal of interest from both the public and from politicians who want to exploit or interfere with their work to further their political agendas. This arises most often in countries that are undergoing deep political and social changes. At these times, the legacies of the past that emerge after a fundamental regime transformation, like the collapse of dictatorship, have a profound impact on historical research and discourse.

Source: Machcewicz P. (2023) When History Matters Too Much: Historians and the Politics of History in Poland. Contemporary European History. 32(1): 15-20

Source web-site: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/55A841F85B5F1B2CC2712B9141DAC860/S0960777322000510a.pdf/when-history-matters-too-much-historians-and-the-politics-of-history-in-poland.pdf

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