Carl’s non-fiction work was mostly about Poland and East Europe.
In addition to his book about the history of Gdansk and the The Politics of Literature about Polish writers 1945-1989 he had many articles published, particularly in the Journal of European Studies where he also served on the advisory board.
Julian Preece, professor of German at Swansea University, described Professor Tighe as “a unique scholar and adventurous individual, who brought back news from Poland in the last two decades of the Cold War. He knew more about Polish literature and culture than anyone in British higher education”.
Paperback (314 pages)
|Publisher||Pluto Press: 2001 Reprint edition (30 Sept. 1990)|
Carl Tighe opens up debate about nationalism in Poland by examining the history in one small but important place.
Gdansk and its locality, is where World War II started, where Solidarity was formed and where contemporary change is focused. Throughout its history the town has been a site of exchange between East and West, and its history provides valuable insights into tensions which have shaped modern Europe.
The first section of the book traces the city's history from 8000 BC to 1918: the arrival of Slav and Germanic tribes, growth of the grain trade, the rift between Eastern Europe and the industrializing West, Germanization and the coming of the Nazis.
The second section looks at the period 1918-45: Nazi exploitation, genocide, kidnapping of "racially valuable" Polish children, the destruction of the city in 1945, Russian and Polish intervention, and attempts to destroy the German identity.
The third section looks at Post-War perspectives: the reconstruction of the city and its integration into the Polish state. It's meaning as a place to both Poland and West Germany, Gdansk has made history, but history has also been made for it, by rival German and Polish national interests.
Tighe uses the history of Gdansk as a way into examining the formation of the modern nations which surround it.
Detailed and informative account of the City of Gdansk/Danzig and the area Eastern Pomerania or Pomorze. The author starts his story in pre-history and works through to modern times. Particular attention is given to the politics and friction of the post-WW1 era, World War 2, the Communist take-over post 1945 and the Polonisation of Western Prussia. This book is suitable for anyone seeking answers relating to the history of the area and the process of Germanization then Polonization of Eastern Pommerania/Pomorze.
Amazon review (Five stars)
Hardcover: 412 pages
|Publisher||University of Wales Press (23 April 1999)|
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In Poland, literature is politics by other means.
The history of post-war Polish literature is the story of opposition to communism. This pioneering and stimulating study shows clearly it was not the Church but the writers of the lay left who were the most consistent critics and opponents of Stalinism.
This innovative study draws on the working lives of more than 200 writers, but its focus is on the wily creativity and turbulent careers of a handful of internationally renowned figures: novelist Jerzy Andrzejewski, critic Jan Kott, science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, diarist Kazimierz Brandys, journalist Ryszard Kapuściński novelist Tadeusz Konwicki, and historian Adam Michnik.
Between them they ran the gamut of political experience: military dictatorship, invasion, occupation, resistance, “liberation’ by the Red Army, Stalinism, revisionism, opposition, imprisonment, anti-Semitic purges, exile, emigration, Solidarnosc, martial law, the collapse of communism, the advent of the free market and democracy. These writers challenged Stalinism but clung to the idea of “socialism with a human face”.
This challenging study explores the literature of post-war Poland and examines the social and political ambitions of the new intellectual leadership. It is a timely analysis of the culture of a country whose experience of recent history has been very different to that of Western Europe.
The major English language monograph published over the last ten years devoted exclusively to contemporary Polish literature. It constitutes an invaluable resource.
John Bates, Recenzje
An interview with Professor Carl Tighe on the conservative Springer Press (the hated enemy of the Baader-Meinhof Group) and the Springer Press’ relationship with Heinrich Böll.