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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/23/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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Until the Second World War Poland was characteristically multi-cultural, with about one-third of its population belonging to minority communities. Today it stands out as relatively homogenous culturally.

Rather than providing a simple narrative account of Polish history and the nation-building process, this book highlights those historical moments that have had a lasting impact on Polish identity debates and on the self-definition of the nation in various historical-political narratives. It also offers a juxtaposition of the nation-building ideas espoused and symbolized by two key modern leaders, Jozef Pilsudski and Roman Dmowski, as well as a comparison of the national identity construction processes in Poland and other countries.

Poland: Inventing the Nation is essential reading for students of Polish history and Eastern European history seeking to understand Poland today.

Author Biography

Rafal Pankowski is Lecturer and Research Programme Coordinator at the Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland.

Table of Contents

1. What is a nation? What is nationalism?
2. Windows into Polish identity
3. Two rival "fathers of the nation": Dmowski and Pilsudski and their visions of Polish identity
4. Polish identity in comparative perspective
5. Conclusion: current co-existence of national identity models in Poland, possible futures in the face of new migration patterns

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