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Weaponizing the Past
Collective Memory and Jews, Poles, and Communists in Twenty-First Century Poland
232 pages, 12 figures, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-050-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (August 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-352-8 eBook
In Poland, contemporary political actors have constructed a narrative of Polish history since 1989 in which Polish and Jewish involvement with communism has created a national concept of “we.” Weaponizing the Past explores the resulting implications of national belonging through a lens of collective memory. Taking a constructivist approach to electoral politics and nation making in Poland’s past, this volume’s dual line of inquiry articulates why and how elites politicize the past, what effect this politicization produces, and contextualizes this politicization to illustrate contemporary production of anti-Semitism.
Kate Korycki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University in Canada. She has published on Polish memory of communism and the Holocaust, on Indigeneity in Canada, sexual identity in Iran, and class and sexuality politics in France.
Subject: Memory StudiesHistory: 20th Century to Present
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