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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.