BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Jerzy Zdrada, Jaroslaw Daprowski 1836-1871, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1973. 473 pp. 65 illustrations and one map. The triple vivisection of Poland at the close of the eighteenth century merely changed the character of the "Polish question." From 1795 to the end of World War I the Poles would struggle, arms in hand, to regain their independence. For four generations, the Poles took part in most conspiratorial and revolutionary movements, and fought in practically all "international brigades" (avant la lettre) of contemporary Europe. As Alfonse Lamartine, the head of the French Provisional Government in 1848, put it, the Poles were "a ferment of Europe." The liberal Lamartine did not differ much from the arch- conservative Metternich who expressed his opinion about the international role of the "Polish question" in the following words: "Polonism is only a formula, the sound of a word underneath which hides a revolution in its most glaring form: it is not a small part of a revolution, but a revolution itself. Polonism does not declare war on the monarchies which possess Polish territory: it declares war on all the common foundations which form the basis of society." " The Socialist movements of
East Central Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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