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Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine
     

Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine

by Timothy Snyder
 

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ISBN-10: 0300125992

ISBN-13: 9780300125993

Pub. Date: 10/10/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

The forgotten protagonist of this true account aspired to be a cubist painter in his native Kyïv. In a Europe remade by the First World War, his talents led him to different roles-intelligence operative, powerful statesman, underground activist, lifelong conspirator. Henryk Józewski directed Polish intelligence in Ukraine, governed the borderland region of

Overview

The forgotten protagonist of this true account aspired to be a cubist painter in his native Kyïv. In a Europe remade by the First World War, his talents led him to different roles-intelligence operative, powerful statesman, underground activist, lifelong conspirator. Henryk Józewski directed Polish intelligence in Ukraine, governed the borderland region of Volhynia in the interwar years, worked in the anti-Nazi and anti-Soviet underground during the Second World War, and conspired against Poland's Stalinists until his arrest in 1953. His personal story, important in its own right, sheds new light on the foundations of Soviet power and on the ideals of those who resisted it. By following the arc of Józewski's life, this book demonstrates that his tolerant policies toward Ukrainians in Volhynia were part of Poland's plans to roll back the communist threat.

The book mines archival materials, many available only since the fall of communism, to rescue Józewski, his Polish milieu, and his Ukrainian dream from oblivion. An epilogue connects his legacy to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the democratic revolution in Ukraine in 2004.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125993
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Maps....................ix
Prologue: Interrogations....................xiii
Introduction: Cubism and Conspiracy....................1
Part One An Artful Ascent 1 Matters of Trust....................23
2 Promethean Ukraine....................40
3 Theaters of Politics....................60
4 Spies of Winter....................83
Part Two A Political Descent 5 Stalin's Famine....................99
6 The Polish Terror....................115
7 A Revolution Prepared....................133
8 Revindications of Souls....................147
Part Three The Local World War 9 Glass Houses....................171
10 Nazi Occupation....................193
11 Conspiring Women....................213
12 Communist Prison....................235
Epilogue: Representations....................247
Codes and Characters....................263
Abbreviations....................265
Archives....................267
Notes....................269
Acknowledgments....................337
Index....................339

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