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In search of modernity – an imaginary Poland

Author(s): Agnieszka Haska, Jerzy Stachowicz
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Cultural history, Fiction, Recent History (1900 till today), Polish Literature, Social development, Sociology of Culture, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), Sociology of Politics
Published by: Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej
Keywords: interwar Poland; science-fiction; modernity; colonialism; imperialism;

Summary/Abstract: Restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 was the beginning of the process of unifying three different regions, which had previously been part of different countries. The main idea was to build one and powerful country and gain respect (and fear) on the international level. This project of imagined future can best be seen in the interwar science -fiction literature, in which military power intertwines with technical advancement and colonial expansion. The article deals with the elements of this project – from visions of new borders, modern cities and new citizens, through wars (especially with the East) to colonial and space expansion.

  • Issue Year: 46/2015
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 42-55
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish