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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300125992

ISBN-13: 9780300125993

Pub. Date: 08/28/2007

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125993
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue : interrogations
Introduction : cubism and conspiracy1
Pt. 1An artful ascent
1Matters of trust23
2Promethean Ukraine40
3Theaters of politics60
4Spies of winter83
Pt. 2A political descent
5Stalin's famine99
6The Polish terror115
7A revolution prepared133
8Revindications of souls147
Pt. 3The local world war
9Glass houses171
10Nazi occupation193
11Conspiring women213
12Communist prison235
Epilogue : representations247

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