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Polish Patriotism after 1989: Concepts, Debates, Identities

by: Dorota Szeligowska
published by
: Oxford: Peter Lang
pp: 310
ISBN: 978-3-0343-1992-8
price: £47.00

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This book analyses the concept of patriotism and the contestation over its meaning in key public debates in Poland over the last twenty-five years. It focuses on the strategies used to define, re-shape and 'bend' the notion of patriotism, which during this period has become a central issue in Polish political discourse. Contemporary Polish society is characterized by a growing polarization of the public sphere. Rivalry between former communists and former dissidents has been progressively replaced by internal opposition within the ranks of once-dissident allies, now divided into civic-minded ‘critical’ patriots and nationalist-oriented ‘traditional’ patriots. This division re-emerges regularly during key moments in Polish public life – most recently in the aftermath of the highly contested 2015 parliamentary elections. By tracing the evolution of the debate over patriotism since 1989, this book provides crucial insights into the current political situation.


Table of contents

Introducing Polish Intellectual Debates About Patriotism
Theoretical, Historical and Political Contextualization of Debates About Patriotism in Poland
The Reopening of the ‘Discursive Space’ After 1989: Reconquering Key Political Concepts to Legitimize the New Democratic State
Progressive Polarization of the Contestation over the Modern Form of Patriotism
The Development of ‘Critical Patriotism’ within Debates About Polish-Jewish Relations
The Divisive Effect of Romantic Patriotism: National Mourning Following the Smolensk Crash in 2010
Discussing the Country, Contesting the Love: Concluding Remarks.


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