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Poland as a Model for the Balkans

Political Myth and the Settling of Accounts with the Past

Author(s): Paulina Orłowska, Ivan R. Dimitrijević
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: Polish studies;the Balkans

Summary/Abstract: How is Polish culture viewed in the Balkans? After presenting the modality and character of Polish culture’s presence in Croatia and Serbia, the article analyzes differences between Polish and Yugoslav culture, a topic discussed in recently published correspondence between two distinguished writers from the Balkans, Miljenko Jergovicia and Svetislav Basary. The authors discuss the issue of Poland’s historical tragedies and argue that Polish culture can offer a model for how a balance can be struck between the historical mistakes committed by a nation and its accomplishments. This model can be considered as a modern political myth and seen in relation to the myths that function in the Balkans.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2014
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 48-63
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish