In This Review

Twentieth Century Czechoslovakia: The Meaning of Its History
Twentieth Century Czechoslovakia: The Meaning of Its History
By Josef Korbel
Columbia University Press, 1977, 346 pp
Poland in the 20th Century
Poland in the 20th Century
By M. K. Dziewanowski
Columbia University Press, 1977, 309 pp

Korbel's historical narrative, while done with skill and often sharp judgment (for example, on the role of Beneš), is subordinated to his search for the meaning of the nation's history in the recurring experiences of the quest for freedom and justice and the acceptance of their denial. Dziewanowski's book, though a summary and somewhat simplified history for English-speaking readers to whom Poland "still remains an enigma," covers the main lines with competence, understanding, and a touch of romantic nationalism.