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By Patryk Polec

Polish Canadians in most cases determine themselves as stringent anti-Communists, a label solidified through the legacies of the Nineteen Eighties cohesion stream, its founder Lech Walęsa, and the common anti-Communist riots that helped topple the Communist regime in 1989.

Hurrah Revolutionaries demanding situations this universal belief by way of studying the Polish immigrant group in Canada and the advance of radical and commonly "deviant" ideologies throughout the interwar interval until eventually the tip of the second one global conflict. Patryk Polec unveils a flexible, well-funded, and influential Polish pro-Communist stream with a skilled management that labored tirelessly to cajole commonly conservative and spiritual immigrants to undertake an ideology that was once anti-nationalist and atheist. He lines the roots of socialist help in Poland, its transplantation to Canada the place the stream loved its maximum help, the demanding situations the circulation confronted inside an ethnic group inspired via Catholicism, and the issues brought on by its hyperlinks to the Communist foreign. Polec deals a deeper figuring out of the ways that the Communist celebration used to be in a position to entice yes ethnic teams via cultural outreach in addition to its complex and infrequently counter-productive courting with the Soviet Union.

Grounded in lately declassified Polish consular records and RCMP surveillance stories, Hurrah Revolutionaries is the 1st full-length research of Polish Communists in Canada, a bunch that constituted a considerable component to the country’s socialist left within the 20th century.

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