Recovering Forgotten History: A study case of politics of memory in Poland

Przywracanie zapomnianej historii. Przykład polityki historycznej w Polsce

ORCID: Krzysztof Łazarski: 0000-0002-2561-3511

Afiliacja: Lazarski University, Poland

Strony: 195-223

Wydanie: Lublin 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.9

Sposób cytowania: K. Łazarski, Recovering Forgotten History: A study case of Politics of Memory in Poland, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 18(2020), z. 3, s. 195-223, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.9.

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Abstrakt: The Conference on “Recovering Forgotten History” is one of the oldest attempts undertaken in the III Republic to defend Poland’s (and East- Central Europe’s) image abroad, especially in the US. From 2006, the Conference has organized its seminars, originally bi-annually and now annually, to provide a forum for discussions between the authors of English-language history textbooks and monographs, and Polish historians who review those publications. Arguments are scholarly, grounded in evidence of primary sources and historiography, therefore, they are convincing in combatting Western prejudices and clichés about Poland and East-Central Europe. Additionally, the Conference provides opportunities for sightseeing of Poland’s historical places. As a result, the work of the Conference leads not only to the removal of countless mistakes and misinterpretations in the reviewed books but also to a change of guests’ attitudes toward this part of Europe. For the most part, they are academic teachers, who can also influence students through their classes. The Conference achieves all of this while having very modest means at its disposal.

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