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Cut-and-Paste History

In this article Dr. Chodakiewicz provides a short and succinct explanation of Jan Gross’s post-modernist methodology. When applied to history, this approach amounts to cutting and pasting of tendentiously selected pieces of evidence which appear to corroborate a conclusion formulated without the necessary research. Yet, Gross’s historiography was merely an introduction into the context of post-communist Poland of a methodology which has come to dominate academia in the West following the cultural revolution of the 1960s.

This article appears in Robert Jankowski’s book, Cena „Strachu”. Gross w oczach historyków (The Price of “Fear”: Gross in the Eyes of Historians).

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Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, “Historia jako wycinanka (Cut-and-Paste History),” in Robert Jankowski, ed., Cena „Strachu”. Gross w oczach historyków (The Price of “Fear”: Gross in the Eyes of Historians)(Warsaw: Fronda, 2008), 265-273.