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Fear Management

Foreign Threats in the Post-War Polish Propaganda. The Influence and the Reception of the Communist Media (1944-1956)

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Bruno Kamiński

The so-called ‘people's power’ – the communists – tended to make Poles afraid. At first – afraid of the Anglo-Saxon imperialists, then of the German revisionists, Zionist 5th column and ‘Kuroń and Michnik walking on the CIA’s leash’. The creation of the atmosphere of fear featuring Germans and their alleged ‘return’ lasted until 1970. In his Fear Management Bruno Kamiński reaches to the origins of this story. Based on a huge selection of sources this analytical study exhibits how in the first 15 postwar years Poles were threatened with the Western world. In the beginning, the Germans were chosen to play the role of the main enemy, dethroned later by the Americans. At the same time, the author proves that fear next to nationalism and ethnic hostility developed into one of the pillars legitimizing the communist system.

Marcin Zaremba, Polish Academy of Science, University of Warsaw

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Acknowledgements

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Firstly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Pavel Kolář, for the continuous support of my PhD study and related research, for his patience, motivation, and immense knowledge. His guidance helped me throughout the entire research and writing of this book. I could not have imagined having a better advisor and mentor for my PhD study.

Besides my supervisor, I would like to thank the rest of my thesis panel: Professor Alexander Etkind, Professor Anita Prażmowska and Professor Dariusz Stola for their insightful comments and encouragement, but also for the hard questions which incentivised me to widen my research from various perspectives.

My sincere thanks also go to Professor Marcin Zaremba, one of the greatest experts in the field of research which my book is dedicated to. But for his numerous priceless advice and remarks it would have been far harder to gain clarity and precision of the problems addressed in this publication. I would also like to thank Professor Stephen Smith and Professor Laura Lee Downs for their excellent influential remarks opening new perspective that shaped this volume. Finally, my warmest thanks go to Professor Małgorzata Dąbrowska who formed me as a historian and encouraged to start writing doctorate so far distanced from her Byzantine field of research.

This book would not have been possible without the generous funding for research from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish Ministry of Science...

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