Entangled in Fear
Everyday Terror in Poland, 1944–1947
Published by: Indiana University Press
"Fear is always experienced individually, and few experiences are as personal. There can be no collective fear without individual fear preceding it. A society's fear is born out of the convergence of individual experiences, when dozens, hundreds, thousands, and millions of people are afraid of the same thing at the same time."
This is a story about postwar Polish society and its emotions. This is a story of heroes: soldiers, deserters, orphans, and beggars. Now available in English for the first time, Entangled in Fear reveals the broken society where bandits, hunger, bombs, Russia, and countless other threats had an immense influence on Poles as they struggled through the wreckage caused by World War II. Journalist and historian Marcin Zaremba uses sociology, psychology, and history to explore collective fear in official documents and the personal papers of those who were left to survive in postwar Poland. In doing so, he reveals how fear of famine and epidemics, sexual violence and looting, joblessness and invasion led directly to collective action on the part of Poles.
A groundbreaking work, Entangled in Fear challenges the reader to consider how emotions have shaped human history and how a more serious engagement with emotions is key to a fuller understanding of the past.
Introduction: Before There Was Fear
1. In the Labyrinth of Fear
2. Fear in Interwar Culture: The Bolsheviks and "Jewish Communism"
3. The Trauma of a World War: Psychosocial Effects of the Second World War
4. In the Beginning Was Chaos
5. "Out of the frying pan and into the fire": The Dreaded Red Army
6. The Demobilized
7. Looting Fever
8. Outlaws: "The dishonored soldiers' peasant war"
9. It Was More Than Just Travel Nerves
10. The Politics of Fear
11. The Phantoms of Transience
12. The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Hunger, High Prices, and Infectious Diseases
13. Ethnic Phobias and Violence
Conclusion: "The Boogeyman"