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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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Empire’s Shades and Shadows

Empire’s Shades and Shadows

(p.1) Introduction Empire’s Shades and Shadows
Soviet Soft Power in Poland

Patryk Babiracki

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, namely to examine both sides of the story of Soviet-Polish cultural interactions during the troubled and little-known postwar decade. It builds on both classic accounts of Soviet-East European relations, new works on Sovietization, and recent studies that recognize the Soviet and Polish communists' limited successes in meeting their stated objectives. It shows that the Soviets participated actively in shaping Poland's culture and cultural relations between the two countries. Yet many Soviet officials displayed a much greater sensitivity to local conditions than has been acknowledged. They also experienced a great deal of confusion about what was expected of them. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Poland, Soviet-Polish cultural interactions, Sovietization, cultural relations

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