When Nationalism Began to Hate : Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland
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-siecle intellectuals. The book is based on a wide variety of sources, including political speeches
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 168.1 x 225.6 x 20.6mm | 449.06g
- 10 Jan 2002
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
Table of contents
Introduction ; 1. The Nation as Action ; 2. The Social Nation ; 3. The Struggle for Survival ; 4. The Return to Action ; 5. The Lud, the Narod, and Historical Time ; 6. Organization ; 7. The National Struggle ; 8. National Egoism ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
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 * 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 * "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 *
About Brian Porter
Brian Porter is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan.