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Między „sensus catholicus" a „uchrześcijanionym nacjonalizmem”
Between „Sensus Catholicus” and „Christianised Nationalism”

Art of the Roman-Catholic Church in Upper Silesia and National Discourses

Author(s): Jerzy Gorzelik
Subject(s): History of Church(es), Period(s) of Nation Building, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity, History of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Catholicism; Upper Silesia; nationalism; church art
Summary/Abstract: The book addresses the much-neglected topic of permeating of nationalist ideas into spaces of Catholic worship and of Catholic-nationalist discourses being monumentalised by means of church art. The field of research is Upper Silesia - an area of competition between supporters of various identity programs. The author shows how from the beginning of the 20th century to modern times the elites of the Church, supported by artists and public authorities, used art to build nations and other imagined communities. Moreover, he analyzes iconographic programs and narratives, associating themes and motifs with myths, symbols and historiosophical constructs. The book gives an image of the dilemmas faced by Catholics in the era of intensive nation-building processes.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3899-6
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3898-9
  • Page Count: 390
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish