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Soviet Soft Power in PolandCulture and the Making of Stalin's New Empire, 1943-1957$
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Patryk Babiracki

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620893

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620893.001.0001

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Postwar Hopes and Promises

Postwar Hopes and Promises

(p.52) 2 Postwar Hopes and Promises
Soviet Soft Power in Poland

Patryk Babiracki

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the Soviet-Polish negotiations over the terms of cultural initiatives in the immediate postwar years. In their approach to Polish culture, the Soviets displayed a mélange of aggressive overtures, tactful involvement, and plain inaction. On the whole, the mid-level Soviet officials and cultural figures often mixed the desire to intervene with the prudent impulse to disengage. Thus, the Soviets' approach frequently contributed to the confusion about the future of Soviet-Polish cultural relations. But the Poles' resulting disorientation mixed with a potent postwar optimism. Their perceived sense of open ground easily fostered hopes that a Soviet-Polish modus vivendi in the cultural sphere could be sustained. In this way, cultural cooperation had a hopeful start in Poland after the war.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Poland, cultural initiatives, cultural policy, postwar years

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