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A Long Way from Home

The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944
Autor: Joanna K.M. Hanson

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944, always a topic of passionate discussion, has already been the subject of many books and other publications. These works, however, have dealt primarily with the political and military aspects of the insurrection, and hence there has been a tendency to forget that nearly one million people, mainly civilians, were caught in insurgent Warsaw and virtually entombed there.

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£5.88

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Wydawnictwo: Cambridge University Press
Waga: 0.915 kg
ISBN: 9780521234214

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944, always a topic of passionate discussion, has already been the subject of many books and other publications. These works, however, have dealt primarily with the political and military aspects of the insurrection, and hence there has been a tendency to forget that nearly one million people, mainly civilians, were caught in insurgent Warsaw and virtually entombed there. Nearly a quarter of them did not survive the ordeal. The battle continued for over two months under incessant German bombardment and fire, whilst diplomatic manoeuvres and intrigues taking place between the Big Three failed to be of any help to the fighting city.

For sixty-three days the inhabitants of Warsaw lived – or vegetated – in difficult, dangerous and desperate conditions. This book is a description of their plight, of their lives, of how they organised themselves and of their survival. It is an analysis of their reaction to the battle itself and to its political and diplomatic implications. It is a study, where possible, of public opinion.

This account, based partly on primary sources to be found in Poland and Britain, is a new look from a different angle at one of the most tragic episodes of the Second World War, which has left an indelible mark both on Warsaw and the Polish nation, as well as on post-war European history. It will help readers to understand not only the Uprising itself but also Poland, even in the context of present day Polish history and problems, 422 pp., paperback