CfP: War for Everything: Poland vs. Bolshevik Russia, 1918-1920 (Wrocław, Poland, September 14-16, 2020)

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War for Everything

Poland versus Bolshevik Russia 1918-1920: Course, Contexts, Interpretations.

On the Centenary of Poland's Victory

 

The Polish war with Bolshevik Russia, the first and last war since the 17th century and the rule of King Jan III Sobieski, won by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth militarily, was an event not without influence on the fate of modern Europe. The victorious year of 1920 - the finale and the apogee of this clash of civilizations - left a huge mark on the emerging turmoil of the Second Polish Republic. The undeniably dominant position of the army in Poland in 1921-1939 and the cult of its Supreme Commander were also a legacy after the great triumphs over the Bolsheviks in 1920. This legacy was also to some extent a conflict that began to divide the victorious commanders of the Polish army and politicians a few years after the defeat suffered by the armies of the Bolshevik Western Front near Warsaw. The genesis of the conflict, its course and effects still arouse emotions and controversies, and research on them has still not exhausted the possibilities of new interpretations and in many areas requires deepening and even initiating.

Finally, it is not without significance that we live in a time when in modern Russia historical and political facts are being consciously and deliberately manipulated. In the past, Russia has already turned to the case of Bolshevik prisoners of 1920 to justify the Katyn massacre - so we can expect similar actions in the coming months and years, especially in the face of the current falsification of responsibility for the outbreak of World War II. The best weapon against lies and manipulation is the truth coming/emerging from the results of objective and multidimensional research presented by Polish and foreign historians.

The conference - to which we have the honor to invite you - is aimed at presenting the state of research on the 1918–1920 war and its consequences from the perspective of the century. We are particularly willing to hear the voice of researchers representing the scientific environment of neighboring countries, such as: Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as from Great Britain and the United States.  Resurging in the heat of the 1828-1920 war Poland owed a lot to France and we don’t forget about the French researchers.

We also emphasize that 1920 should not be a turning point limiting our considerations. The consequences of the 1918-1920 war reached far beyond the time when bullets and bayonets played a decisive role. We count on topics that cover the title issue synthetically, but also in terms of case study, presenting various research methods and perspectives, assessments from the widest possible angle: from socio-economic, through political, biographical and military.

The conference is going to be held on September 14-16, 2020 in Wroclaw, at the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, Szewska Street 49.

Submissions (paper title, abstract, and author information) should be sent in by April 1, 1920 to the organizers:

dr hab. Jerzy Kirszak, IPN, WBH: jerzy.kirszak@ipn.gov.pl

dr Daniel Koreś, IPN, UWr: daniel.kores@uwr.edu.pl  daniel.kores@ipn.gov.pl