The legitimation of power during the Gomułka’s regime — symbols, images, activities. Analysis of chosen issues reffered to the 1000th Anniversary of the Polish State (1956–1966)
The purpose of this paper is to present and analyse a problem of legitimation of power during the Gomułka᾽s regime in the Polish People᾽s Republic. Political rhetoric and practices of that time led to constructing (not representing or recalling) a picture of the past in a collective imagination. The issues presented in this paper are connected with an anthropological category of myth and sacrum, and they allowed for the study of a question of identity and ideology connections. This text refers to the political background of the 1960s, which is necessary to analyse and explain some of the activities of the then government. The author of this article tries to show a different (antropological) perspective in studies of the 20th-century history, by focusing on the phenomenon of an official celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Polish State.