Monthly Publications Update, May 2023, PSA/H-Poland Member Submissions

Patrice Dabrowski Discussion

(3 entries:  article, chapters in edited volumes)


Article (interview):

1. Hiemer, Elisa-Maria. „Reflexionen über Totalitarismus“ (Interview) in: Blickwechsel. Magazin für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte im östlichen Europa, 10/2022, pp. 48-49.

Keywords: Holocaust, Literature, Fiction, Memory Studies, German-Polish relations

Abstract: Interview about Polish, Czech, and Slovak Holocaust Fiction promoting the Handbook of Polish, Czech, and Slovak Holocaust Fiction. Works and Contexts, Berlin 2021 (in German)


Chapters in Edited Volumes:


2. Linkiewicz, Olga. "Nationalism and Vernacular Cosmologies: Revisiting the Concept of National Indifference and the Limits of Nationalization in the Second Polish Republic." In Sovereignty, Nationalism, and the Quest for Homogeneity in Interwar Europe, edited by Emmanuel Dalle Mulle, Davide Rodogno and Mona Bieling, 171–190. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023. Accessed May 1, 2023.

Keywords: nationalism, national indifference, plebiscite, peasants, cosmology, interwar Poland, Ukraine, Eastern Galicia.

Abstract: The collapse of empires and national mobilization in the post-WWI period wreaked havoc and created a number of conflicts in local communities across Eastern Europe. Using the Second Polish Republic as a case study, this chapter explores some examples of such conflicts including the polarising effects of the so-called language plebiscite introduced in 1924 by Stanisław Grabski, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Public Education. Conflict was especially fierce in Eastern Galicia–a disputed territory between Poles and Ukrainians. This chapter aims to unravel how local inhabitants perceived the particularities of the plebiscite and the results of Polish-Ukrainian political conflict. This lens of analysis dictates that much attention is paid to the view of ordinary peasants who made up the vast majority of Eastern Galicia and the rest of the Second Polish Republic. Local peasant communities of the Republic differed from each other in terms of the language their inhabitants spoke and the religion they practiced. Contrary to common misconceptions, life was full of rivalries and hostilities within the communities, including those labelled by historians as indifferent to nationalism. What these communities had in common was the role cosmology played in the social life of ordinary people. The term "cosmology," used in the field of anthropology, denotes a set of beliefs, practices and interpretations that form the basis for the ways that people define their position in the world, and the cosmos. In this context, peasant cosmology refers to the ways in which rural people understood their own identity in response to state-led nationalization efforts. Based on the assumption that it was cosmology which served as a frame for understanding national conflicts, this chapter argues that we still need a deeper understanding of the way these communities functioned, instead of focusing on the category of indifference as a response to national politics. 


3. Zdrodowska, Magdalena. “Accepting and opposing local deaf tradition. The Polish d/Deaf community after the fall of communism: 1989–2014,” in Global Histories of Disability, 1700-2015. Power, Place and People, ed. Esme Cleall (Routledge 2023), pp. 129-150.