Arepublic of people or a republic of Poles? Around the book by Piotr Madajczyk and Danuta Berlińska: Polska jako państwo narodowe. Historia i pamięć Cover Image
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Rzeczpospolita czy Rzecz Polaków? Na kanwie książki Piotra Madajczyka i Danuty Berlińskiej Polska jako państwo narodowe.Historia i pamięć
Arepublic of people or a republic of Poles? Around the book by Piotr Madajczyk and Danuta Berlińska: Polska jako państwo narodowe. Historia i pamięć

Author(s): Grzegorz Strauchold
Subject(s): Review
Published by: Państwowy Instytut Naukowy - Instytut Śląski w Opolu
Keywords: Polish nationalism; Polish patriotism; polonization

Summary/Abstract: The First Republic of Poland was a multi-national state. During the 19th century plenty of European states were shaped as national phenomena directed towards providing maximal security of interests of the ruling states. That influenced the popularity among them of states in which patriotism was wholly identified with the Polish nationalism. At that time Poles led their fight to survive generally as a nation, which influenced the common occurrence among them of the attitude, where patriotism was completely identified with the Polish nationalism. That, in turn, affected the shape and the policy of the polish state reborn after the First world war. The atrocities of the Second world war suffered from the invaders – Germany and the Soviet Union – resulted in strengthening the xenophobia among poles, which ended in perceiving other nationalities co-inhabiting the country as absolute enemies of Polishness. In consequence, after the annexation of the German eastern lands to Poland in 1945, the action of thorough polonization was carried out there, connected with many-year attempts at „re-polonizng” the native population of Silesia that had remained in their local homelands. The book by p. Madajczyk and d. Berlińska tells about that politics and its causes rooted deeply in the history.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 70
  • Page Range: 327-338
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish