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When nationalism began to hate [electronic resource] : imagining modern politics in nineteenth century Poland /
Brian Porter.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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307 p. ; 25 cm.
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0195131460 (alk. paper)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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0195131460 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8720306
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-301) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
In this stimulating and provocative study, Porter (Univ. of Michigan) traces in great depth and detail the way in which Polish nationalism evolved in the 19th century. Though using a broad range of sources, this book is primarily based in the writings of the literary and political intelligentsia who shaped Polish opinion between the partitions and WW I. Porter's argument is that early-19th-century Polish nationalism was committed to a cause that was defined without reference to sociological and ethnographic terms. By the end of the century, however, this definition had been transformed into an ideology in which "Poles" were defined by a series of boundaries that excluded some (particularly Jews) and that required an enforced cultural unity. His story is the process by which this nationalism, particularly as reflected in the political movement of National Democracy and its leader Roman Dmowski, replaced an older tradition of tolerance and pluralism. Porter's book is subtle and careful in the way it defines and describes. His work makes an important contribution to understanding Polish (and, indeed, east central European) nationalism and successfully revises some traditional interpretations and stereotypes. All levels. P. W. Knoll; University of Southern California
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"Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of the evolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressive erudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectual history, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned withissues of national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College
"Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of theevolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressiveerudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectualhistory, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned with issuesof national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College
"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish national consciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis and the historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way of looking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and EasternEurope." --Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw
"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish nationalconsciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis andthe historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way oflooking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and Eastern Europe."--Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw
"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish national consciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis and the historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way of looking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and Eastern Europe." --Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw "Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship between modernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a link between democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is an aspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also adds to the ongoing reassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concrete historical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An important contribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova, University of Florida "Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of the evolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressive erudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectual history, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned with issues of national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College "Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellence for the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution of Polish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the national democratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed and vital issue of relations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among them Polish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish history in particular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general." --Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University "Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in the ideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergence of integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for our understandings of some general problems of nationalism, identity formation, and modernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum of scholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame
"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish national consciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis and the historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way of looking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and Eastern Europe." --Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza , Warsaw "Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship between modernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a link between democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is an aspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also adds to the ongoing reassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concrete historical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An important contribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova, University of Florida "Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of the evolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressive erudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectual history, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned with issues of national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College "Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellence for the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution of Polish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the national democratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed and vital issue of relations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among them Polish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish history in particular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general." --Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University "Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in the ideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergence of integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for our understandings of some general problems of nationalism, identity formation, and modernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum of scholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame
"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish national consciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis and the historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way of looking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and Eastern Europe." --Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief,Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw "Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship between modernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a link between democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is an aspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also adds to the ongoing reassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concrete historical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An important contribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova, University of Florida "Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of the evolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressive erudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectual history, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned with issues of national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College "Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellence for the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution of Polish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the national democratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed and vital issue of relations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among them Polish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish history in particular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general." --Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University "Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in the ideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergence of integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for our understandings of some general problems of nationalism, identity formation, and modernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum of scholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame
"Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in the ideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergence of integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for our understandings of some general problems of nationalism, identityformation, and modernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum of scholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame
"Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in theideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergenceof integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for ourunderstandings of some general problems of nationalism, identity formation, andmodernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum ofscholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame
"Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellence for the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution of Polish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the national democratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed andvital issue of relations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among them Polish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish history in particular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general." --Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University
"Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellencefor the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution ofPolish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the nationaldemocratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed and vital issue ofrelations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among themPolish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish historyin particular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general."--Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University
"Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship between modernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a link between democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is an aspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also addsto the ongoing reassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concrete historical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An important contribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova, University of Florida
"Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship betweenmodernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a linkbetween democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is anaspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also adds to the ongoingreassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concretehistorical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An importantcontribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova,University of Florida
"Porter's (stimulating and provocative study) is subtle and careful in the way it defines and describes. His work makes an important contribution to understanding Polish (and, indeed, east central European) nationalism and successfully revises some traditional interpretations andstereotypes."--Choice
"Porter's (stimulating and provocative study) is subtle and careful in theway it defines and describes. His work makes an important contribution tounderstanding Polish (and, indeed, east central European) nationalism andsuccessfully revises some traditional interpretations andstereotypes."--Choice
The book is a very welcome addition to the historiographies of both Poland and nationalism, bringing an expanded base of sources, fresh hypotheses, and skillfull discussion to familiar topics. It succeeds admirably in being at once provocative and authoritative in its scholarship and simultaneously empathetic and critical toward the subject matter
Introduction Ch. 1. The Nation as Action Ch. 2. The Social Nation Ch. 3. The Struggle for Survival Ch. 4. The Return to Action Ch. 5. The Lud, the Narod, and Historical Time Ch. 6. Organization Ch. 7. The National Struggle Ch. 8. National Egoism Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
"Porter's (stimulating and provocative study) is subtle and careful in the way it defines and describes. His work makes an important contribution to understanding Polish (and, indeed, east central European) nationalism and successfully revises some traditional interpretations and stereotypes."--Choice"Brian Porter is an eminent specialist in the history of Polish national consciousness. He has managed to objectively describe the complex genesis and the historical context of Polish nationalism. This work offers a new way of looking at the fundamental problem for all of Central and Eastern Europe." --Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw"Brian Porter takes a fresh look at the complex relationship between modernity and nationalism. He convincingly questions the common view of a link between democracy and modernity, and, instead, demonstrates that authority is an aspect rather than a negation of popular politics. He also adds to the ongoing reassessment of the categories 'left' and 'right' by probing into the concrete historical roots of the Polish right of the turn of the century. An importantcontribution to the body of works on nationalism in general." --Maria Todorova, University of Florida"Brian Porter has written an insightful and provocative account of the evolution of Polish nationalism in the nineteenth century. His impressive erudition and subtle perspective make this a compelling work of intellectual history, which will be of great interest to all scholars concerned with issues of national identity in modern Europe." --Larry Wolff, Boston College"Brian Porter's highly innovative study sets new standards of excellence for the study of modern Polish nationalism. It elucidates the evolution of Polish thought from the era of Mickiewicz to the consolidation of the national democratic camp in the 1890s, and sheds light on the vexed and vital issue of relations between the Polish majority and various minority groups, among them Polish Jewry. This book will be required reading for students of Polish history inparticular and nineteenth-century East European nationalism in general." --Ezra Mendelsohn, The Hebrew University"Brian Porter's book is a first-class study of the idea of nation in the ideologies of the Polish intelligentsia from the Romantic Epoch to the emergence of integral nationalism. It shows the relevance of its subject for our understandings of some general problems of nationalism, identity formation, and modernity. Hence, it should attract the attention of a wide spectrum of scholars." --Andrzej Walicki, University of Notre Dame"Extremely convincing in delineating the influence of external ideas and intellectual fashions on polish thinkers, notably the influence of the Spencerian Darwinism, and the whole notion of the 'survival of the fittest'...For anyone wishing to understand the evolution of modern Polish right-wing ideology, which has had an unfortunately long run in the twentieth century, this is an important work." Shorter Notices"...the book is a very welcome addition to the historiographies of both Poland and nationalism, brining an expanded base of sources, fresh hypotheses, and skillful discussion to familiar topics. It succeeds admirably in being at once provocative and authoritative in its scholarship and simultaneously empathetic and critical toward the subject matter."--American Historical Review"Porter's remarkable work will surely become required reading in many courses on eastern Europe, Poland, Ukraine, the radical Right, and anti-Semitism. Moreover, this book's innovative theoretical argument should also appeal to the wider audience of those interested in the complicated relations among modernity, authority, discipline, and violence."--lavic Review"This a very serious work of intellectual history....well organized and well edited. Porter has done an excellent job of translating often-complex Polish-language texts into English." - - Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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Summaries
Long Description
In When Nationalism Began to Hate, Brian Porter offers a challenging new explanation for the emergence of xenophobic, authoritarian nationalism in Europe. He begins by examining the common assumption that nationalist movements by nature draw lines of inclusion and exclusion around social groups, establishing authority and hierarchy among "one's own" and antagonism towards "others." Porter argues instead that the penetration of communal hatred and social discipline into the rhetoric of nationalism must be explained, not merely assumed. Porter focuses on nineteenth-century Poland, tracing the transformation of revolutionary patriotism into a violent anti-Semitic ideology. Instead of deterministically attributing this change to the "forces of modernization," Porter demonstrates that the language of hatred and discipline was central to the way "modernity" itself was perceived by fin-de-siècle intellectuals. The book is based on a wide variety of sources, including political speeches and posters, newspaper articles and editorials, underground brochures, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, and nineteenth-century books on history, sociology, and politics. It embeds nationalism within a much broader framework, showing how the concept of "the nation" played a role in liberal, conservative, socialist, and populist thought. When Nationalism Began to Hate is not only a detailed history of Polish nationalism but also an ambitious study of how the term "nation" functioned within the political imagination of "modernity." It will prove an important text for a wide range of students and researchers of European history and politics.
Long Description
With this book, Porter offers readers a new explanation for the emergence of xenophobic, authoritarian nationalism in Europe. Focusing on 19th-century Poland, he traces the transformation of revolutionary patriotism into a violent anti-Semitic ideology. Instead of deterministically attributing this charge to the "forces of modernization", Porter argues that the language of hatred and discipline was central to the way "modernity" itself was perceived--or perhaps "imagined"--by fin-de-siècle intellectuals.
Main Description
In When Nationalism Began to Hate , Brian Porter offers a challenging new explanation for the emergence of xenophobic, authoritarian nationalism in Europe. He begins by examining the common assumption that nationalist movements by nature draw lines of inclusion and exclusion around social groups, establishing authority and hierarchy among "one's own" and antagonism towards "others." Porter argues instead that the penetration of communal hatred and social discipline into the rhetoric of nationalism must be explained, not merely assumed. Porter focuses on nineteenth-century Poland, tracing the transformation of revolutionary patriotism into a violent anti-Semitic ideology. Instead of deterministically attributing this change to the "forces of modernization," Porter demonstrates that the language of hatred and discipline was central to the way "modernity" itself was perceived by fin-de-siècle intellectuals. The book is based on a wide variety of sources, including political speeches and posters, newspaper articles and editorials, underground brochures, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, and nineteenth-century books on history, sociology, and politics. It embeds nationalism within a much broader framework, showing how the concept of "the nation" played a role in liberal, conservative, socialist, and populist thought. When Nationalism Began to Hate is not only a detailed history of Polish nationalism but also an ambitious study of how the term "nation" functioned within the political imagination of "modernity." It will prove an important text for a wide range of students and researchers of European history and politics.
Main Description
InWhen Nationalism Began to Hate, Brian Porter offers a challenging new explanation for the emergence of xenophobic, authoritarian nationalism in Europe. He begins by examining the common assumption that nationalist movements by nature draw lines of inclusion and exclusion around social groups, establishing authority and hierarchy among "one's own" and antagonism towards "others." Porter argues instead that the penetration of communal hatred and social discipline into the rhetoric of nationalism must be explained, not merely assumed. Porter focuses on nineteenth-century Poland, tracing the transformation of revolutionary patriotism into a violent anti-Semitic ideology. Instead of deterministically attributing this change to the "forces of modernization," Porter demonstrates that the language of hatred and discipline was central to the way "modernity" itself was perceived by fin-de-si cle intellectuals. The book is based on a wide variety of sources, including political speeches and posters, newspaper articles and editorials, underground brochures, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, and nineteenth-century books on history, sociology, and politics. It embeds nationalism within a much broader framework, showing how the concept of "the nation" played a role in liberal, conservative, socialist, and populist thought. When Nationalism Began to Hateis not only a detailed history of Polish nationalism but also an ambitious study of how the term "nation" functioned within the political imagination of "modernity." It will prove an important text for a wide range of students and researchers of European history and politics.
Main Description
In When Nationalism Began to Hate, Brian Porter offers a challenging new explanation for the emergence of xenophobic, authoritarian nationalism in Europe. He begins by examining the common assumption that nationalist movements by nature draw lines of inclusion and exclusion around socialgroups, establishing authority and hierarchy among "one's own" and antagonism towards "others." Porter argues instead that the penetration of communal hatred and social discipline into the rhetoric of nationalism must be explained, not merely assumed. Porter focuses on nineteenth-century Poland, tracing the transformation of revolutionary patriotism into a violent anti-Semitic ideology. Instead of deterministically attributing this change to the "forces of modernization," Porter demonstrates that the language of hatred and discipline was centralto the way "modernity" itself was perceived by fin-de-siecle intellectuals. The book is based on a wide variety of sources, including political speeches and posters, newspaper articles and editorials, underground brochures, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, and nineteenth-century books on history, sociology, and politics. It embeds nationalism within amuch broader framework, showing how the concept of "the nation" played a role in liberal, conservative, socialist, and populist thought. When Nationalism Began to Hate is not only a detailed history of Polish nationalism but also an ambitious study of how the term "nation" functioned within the political imagination of "modernity." It will prove an important text for a wide range of students and researchers of European history andpolitics.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Nation as Action
The Social Nation
The Struggle for Survival
The Return to Action
The Lud, the Narod, and Historical Time
Organization
The National Struggle
National Egoism
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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