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By Patrice M. Dabrowski

ISBN-10: 0253110289

ISBN-13: 9780253110282

ISBN-10: 0253344298

ISBN-13: 9780253344298

''This ebook represents the main refined historiographical method of realizing nation-building. Patrice Dabrowski demonstrates great erudition... making extraordinary use of up to date newspapers and journals, in addition to archival material.'' -- Larry Wolff, Boston collage, writer of Inventing jap Europe

Patrice M. Dabrowski investigates the nation-building actions of Poles in the course of the a long time previous global battle I, whilst the stateless Poles have been minorities in the empires of Russia, Germany, and Austria-Hungary. may possibly Poles preserve a feeling of nationwide identification, or could they develop into Germans, Austrians, or Russians? Dabrowski demonstrates that Poles availed themselves of the facility to have fun anniversaries of previous deeds and personages to bolster their kingdom from inside of, supplying a floor for a countrywide discourse in a position to unifying Poles throughout political barriers and social and cultural adjustments. Public commemorations reminiscent of the jubilee of the author Jozef Kraszewski, the bicentennial of the comfort of Vienna, and the go back to Poland of the is still of the poet Adam Mickiewicz are reconstructed the following in shiny detail.

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The multi-ethnic, multi-denominational “noble nation” —the “Poland” of the pre-partition period—was transformed into a more homogeneous ethnic community, and the old “Polish” history became the purview of the new, ethnically Polish nation. This nation-building process had other ramifications for the Polish community. Through public celebrations of historic events and illustrious individuals, Poles were able to transcend borders, interact with compatriots from other regions, establish a national discourse, turn growing numbers of peasants into nationally conscious citizens, and raise the visibility of the nation.

20 |  Other developments within the Austrian half of the empire also had an impact. Less than two months before the first commemoration, a major change took place in Vienna. After a decade of rule, the German liberals lost control of the government. 50 Liberalism and centralism were increasingly eclipsed by decentralization and the acknowledgment of national differences. The commemorations I study, thus, took place in an age in which Polishness was suspect in Germany and Russia while given some latitude in Austria-Hungary.

31 If Norman or Breton peasants could be turned into Frenchmen, why could not Silesian or Galician peasants assimilate to an imperial identity, with their primary allegiance to the emperor? This was a genuine threat. 32 I call him Polish, for his dialect was closest to that literary language; but, for the most part, he did not identify with those he called Poles: the lords, the nobility, the gentry. A social chasm separated villagers, political nonentities, from their lords, and the emancipation of the peasantry in the nineteenth century hardly narrowed that divide.

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