The aim of this article is to show with the example of contemporary Poland the ideological function of anti-communism. It explains how “communism” has been constructed and utilized mainly in order to legitimize the political/economic power in the decades of Transition after 1989. The question is not only why anti-communism has been relatively successful in functioning as the hegemonic ideology, but also what its limits are. This article examines the roots of anti-communism with an attempt to find its universal and particular features. The Polish example is helpful to distinguish major, contradictory, ideological explanations operating within its framework: apologetic and contesting.
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Research Article| June 01 2021
Anti-Communism as Ideology: The Case of Contemporary Poland
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2021) 54 (1-2): 1–23.
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Filip Ilkowski; Anti-Communism as Ideology: The Case of Contemporary Poland. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 June 2021; 54 (1-2): 1–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/j.postcomstud.2021.54.1-2.1
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