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The Triumph of Provocation


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This masterful political treatise, first published in 1962, examines the history and nature of Communism as it developed in the Soviet Union and in Poland. Józef Mackiewicz, known for his relentless opposition to Communism, argues that accommodation with the Communists simply helped them to impose their vision of the world and pursue their goal of global domination. He compares Communism to Nazism and insists that the former was the greater threat to the future of humanity.

Now available in English for the first time, The Triumph of Provocation will be compelling reading for those interested in Polish history, Communism, and Nazism.

Mackiewicz’s unique interpretation of the differences and similarities between Communism and Nazism is highly relevant to debates about these two systems and to major contemporary issues which are of particular importance to the U.S. and Europe, including radical Islam and the necessity of war and the responsibility for war.

About the Author

Józef Mackiewicz (1902–1985) was an eminent Polish writer of fiction and nonfiction. The late Jerzy Hauptmann was professor emeritus of political science and public administration at Park University. S. D. Lukac is a retired translator living in the U.S. Martin Dewhirst is honorary research fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Glasgow.

Table of Contents

"Censored" — Does Russia still exist? — Between Bolshevism and nationalism — Mikaszewicze — "Gomułkaism" (national communism) of the twenties — The first great provocation about the alleged "evolution of communism" — The second phase of national communism — Alliance or collaboration with the Soviet invader? — The origins of "PAX" — Pharisaism versus subversion — The second great provocation — Along the road of classic "Poputnichestvo" (fellow-traveling) — The German complex — Culture in the stranglehold of compulsory infantilism — The real German threat — "Realisms" versus reality — Pathos versus pestilence — Józef Mackiewicz : his life, work, and views (a chronology) / by Nina Karsov.

Product Details

Yale University Press
History : General
Mackiewicz, J
Publication Date:
July 2009

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » General

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