The Triumph of Provocation

Józef Mackiewicz; Translation by Jerzy Hauptmann, S. D. Lukac, and Martin Dewhirst; Foreword by Jeremy Black; Chronology by Nina Karsov

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This masterful political treatise, first published in 1962, examines the history and nature of Communism as it developed in the Soviet Union and in Poland. Józef Mackiewicz, known for his relentless opposition to Communism, argues that accommodation with the Communists simply helped them to impose their vision of the world and pursue their goal of global domination. He compares Communism to Nazism and insists that the former was the greater threat to the future of humanity.


Now available in English for the first time, The Triumph of Provocation will be compelling reading for those interested in Polish history, Communism, and Nazism.

Mackiewicz’s unique interpretation of the differences and similarities between Communism and Nazism is highly relevant to debates about these two systems and to major contemporary issues which are of particular importance to the U.S. and Europe, including radical Islam and the necessity of war and the responsibility for war.

Józef Mackiewicz (1902–1985) was an eminent Polish writer of fiction and nonfiction. The late Jerzy Hauptmann was professor emeritus of political science and public administration at Park University. S. D. Lukac is a retired translator living in the U.S. Martin Dewhirst is honorary research fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Glasgow.

“Mackiewicz’s controversial interpretation of Communism and its role in history is still hotly debated and relevant. Students of Communism and anti-Communism will find Mackiewicz’s thoughts provocative and worthy of examination.”—Jaroslaw Anders

"Mackiewicz, who knew the Nazi and Communist systems at first hand, retains a freshness and a directness that can aid historians and thinkers who today grapple with the problem of understanding Hitler and Stalin together."-Timothy Snyder, Yale University

"Published originally in Polish in Munich in 1962, this treatise presents Mackiewicz's views on communism, arguing that any accomodation or compromise with the Soviet Union has merely helped communists achieve their goal of world domination. . . . This smoothly translated volume includes a chapter Mackiewicz wrote in 1982 and an annotated chronology of Mackiewicz's life, work, and views . . . . [This volume's] appearance in English represents a significant contribution."—P. W. Knoll, Choice

". . . a work of genius. . . . Mackiewicz is one of the most intelligent men we have ever heard." —Andrei Navrozov, Chronicles

"One hopes that Yale University Press will continue to bring out the numerous other books by this pugnacious reactionary liberal."--Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, The Samaritan Review
ISBN: 9780300145694
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
256 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4