Monthly Publications Update, June 2022, PSA/H-Poland Member Submissions

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(2 entries:  book chapter, review forum)


Book chapter:

1.  Katja Bernhardt, „Digital Humanities und ‚Messbarkeit' des NS-Regimes in der Raum- und Stadtplanung? Versuch einer produktiven Kritik,“ pp. 155-171 in: Raumkonstruktionen. Digital Humanities und die 'Messbarkeit' des NS-Regimes / Spatial Constructions. The Digital Humanities and the 'Measurability' of the Nazi Regime, ed. Richard Němec, Jahrbuch für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, 2 (Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021).

Keywords: National Socialism, Image History,'Neuer deutscher Osten' [New German East], Digital Humanities, History of Urbanism

Abstract:  Research on urban and spatial planning in time of National Socialism is
searching for opportunities to apply methods of digital analysis. This paper attempts to subject this request to a constructive critique. It starts from the assumption of a principle of mutual interdependence between quantitative and qualitative strategies of analysis. From this perspective the paper discusses the state of research and its deficits. It then describes the framework given for the modulation of automatically analysis. The review of the different layers of problems lead finally to a fundamental critique of the perspectives of research to date, with regard to urban and spatial planning in time of National Socialism.
(open access)




Review forum:


2.  Review forum on Adam Leszczyński’s Ludowa Historia Polski, in: Praktyka Teoretyczna 2022, no.1.


Keywords:  People's history, peasants, history from below, class struggle, oppression, modernity


Abstract:   Recent months brought an unprecedented wave of works dealing with the history of polish peasants, their place in "national" history, role they played in the economic development of Poland and far reaching violence they experienced, not without a trace for cultural formations lasting until today. Books by Kamil Janicki, Adam Leszczyński, Michał Narożniak, Kacper Pobłocki, and Michał Rauszer have irreversibly changed our perception of the peasant past and the way the history of Poland is researched and grasped (Janicki 2021; Leszczyński 2020; Narożniak 2021; Pobłocki 2021; Rauszer 2021b; 2021a). This debate is important for the self-perception of the national community, and as serving such aims is conducted mostly in Polish. As the idea of bridging the debates in the national language and international circulation of ideas is dear for this journal, we initiated a review forum connecting these two realms in various ways. Taking one of these books, Adam Leszczyński's Ludowa historia Polski ("The People's History of Poland"), as a starting point, we invited scholars from Poland and abroad, and the author himself, to comment of the book and debate its relevance in broader contexts. 



Wiktor Marzec, “Intro: People’s history of Poland”

Marcin Jarząbek, “People's History of Poland—a guidebook for middle-class readers”

Ewa Majewska, “Serfdom as the Matrix of contemporary Poland, critically revisited”

Brian Porter-Szűcs, “Whiteness and Polishness”

Michał Pospiszyl, “Was the Enlightenment progress?”

Keely Stauter-Halsted, “Adam Leszczyński, Ludowa historia Polski: A revolution in Polish historiography?”

Adam Leszczyński, “A People’s History of Poland from the author’s perspective: what it is all about”

Link to the journal issue with the forum: Return of Hegel - Online First (