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Book versus Power

Studies in the Relations between Politics and Culture in Polish History


Edited By Jacek Soszyński and Agnieszka Chamera-Nowak

This volume considers the various interactions between the culture of the book and politics in Polish history. Each of the fourteen authors deals with a different topic, chronologically starting with the beginnings of the early Piast monarchy in the 10 th century up to contemporary times: for instance, E. Potkowski discusses the political ambitions of Duke Mieszko I and his descendants with regard to the introduction of early writing and reading in Poland; A. Kamler analyses the attitude of the Jagiellonian dynasty in the 1500s towards books and education; and D. Jarosz traces the changing approach of the communists towards book production and the promotion of readership in their attempts to persuade Polish society to accept their ideology.
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Book, Press, and Book Market Research in the Service of Polish Government Agencies: The Institute for Scientific Investigation of Communism in Warsaw, 1930–1937


The Beginnings of the Warsaw based Instytut Naukowego Badania Komunizmu (=INBK; Institute for Scientific Investigation of Communism) are closely connected with the initiatives of Father Antoni Wincenty Kwiatkowski (1890–1970).1 This Roman Catholic priest, by conviction an anti-communist, was a close collaborator of the main Polish institutions responsible for state security: military intelligence and counterespionage agency (Second Division of the General Staff of the Polish Army); the Public Security Section of the Political Department (Ministry of Internal Affairs); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Chief Inspectorate for Treasury Security (Ministry of the Treasury). Outside Poland, he was connected with the Antikomintern (Gesamtverband Deutscher antikommunistischer Vereinigungen e. V.), and various other international and national anti-communist organisations. Father Kwiatkowski was a Sovietologist, who published many books, brochures, and articles that treated among others Soviet book studies.2 However, most of his printed works appeared under the pseudonym Antoni Starodworski.

This article is a reworked version of the paper published in Polish: J. Puchalski, ‘Instytut Naukowego Badania Komunizmu w Warszawie (1930–1939): program, organizacja, zbiory i prace księgoznawcze,’ in: Bibliologia polityczna, D. Kuźmina (ed.), Warsaw, 2011, 214–243. ← 193 | 194 →

Father Kwiatkowski believed that communism was a mortal threat to the civilised Christian world. He was firmly convinced that communism should be contested with all possible measures, and that this struggle should rise above all political, national, and state divisions.

The Origins of INBK

The beginnings of Father Kwiatkowski’s...

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