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Book review: Civil War in Central Europe, 1917-1921: The Reconstruction of Poland

Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz recently reviewed Civil War in Central Europe, 1917-1921: The Reconstruction of Poland by Johen Bohler. 

A civil war?

A civil war signifies a fratricidal struggle of sorts, like in the American Civil War (1861-1865) or during the revolution in Russia (1917-1921). Yet, internal strife is rarely unambiguous. Sometimes it is right out convoluted. For example, the civil war in the former Tsarist Empire overlapped with the wars of decolonization. Those included, among many others, Poles fighting for their independence and borders and Georgians striving for their freedom and sovereignty.

However, Jochen Böhler, Civil War in Central Europe, 1918-1921: The Reconstruction of Poland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) insists not only that a “post-colonial battle” (p. 62) for imperial inheritance took place in Poland in the wake of the First World War, but that it revealed itself as a full- fledged civil war.

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