Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Banking on Reagan

Rarely, if ever, do publications originating from an illegal political underground movement deviate from the uniform propagandistic form. However, a few organizations dare to reveal candid debates and internal disagreements among their leadership. One such case is found in a collection of unorthodox interviews with the top seven leaders of Poland’s Solidarity trade union. Compiled…

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Fighting from the Forest for Freedom

One could castigate Mart Laar for idealizing the Estonian insurgents.  One could also point out that the author eschews footnotes.  But that would be petty:  for Laar, author of War in the Woods: Estonia’s Struggle for Survival 1944-1956, is perhaps the first to describe the forgotten story of the Estonian Anti-Soviet Uprising.

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The Pilgrimage of a Christian Gentleman

A man is born neither a Christian nor a gentleman. Through baptism one attains the former status. Through his own efforts one arrives at the latter. A gentleman is a rare species indeed. The world is awash with regular folks, but a few of them remarkably noble. Conversely, it is also full of titled heads,…

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Slave to Prejudice

A scholar or a journalist endeavors to sway the reader through a variety of approaches. Politically, the most sophisticated tackle is to castigate through praising. Under the guise of applauding his subject, the writer, in fact, censures it. Arguably the most prevalent style is fake impartiality, where the writer feigns objectivity. While suavely manipulating the…

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Hicksville? On the Right and the Left

In this work of political theory, Dr. Chodakiewicz examines the history of the political currents we have come to call the “Left” and the “Right.” Of the many false and ahistorical assumptions this book clarifies is the common misconception that the Nazis – i.e. the political movement known as the German National Socialist Workers’ Party…

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An Environmental Battleground: Eco-Politics in Poland

The capitalist West, and in particular Western corporations, are generally blamed for environmental degradation. Yet, as Dr. Chodakiewicz shows in this article, it was the communists who presided over the greatest pollution of the environment in history. Moreover, Dr. Chodakiewicz demonstrates, it was only the collapse of communism that allowed the Poles to clean up…

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