When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland

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 t

  • Title: When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland
  • Author: Brian Porter
  • ISBN: 9780195151879
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 towardsIn 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including political speeches and posters, newspaper articles and editorials, underground brochures, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, and nineteenth century books on history, sociology, and politics It embeds nationalism within a much broader framework, showing how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.

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    1. Porter offers excellent insights into the development of hatred and fear of the Jews by Christian Poles, attitudes which could certainly account for the Poles ultimate complicity in the Nazi murder of the Jews. He begins by asserting that this hatred originated with the push for Polish nationalism in the late nineteenth century, when the very idea of nationalism created an exclusionary logic whereby particular groups (political dissidents or ethnic minorities) were put into the status of "outsid [...]

    2. Porter makes a nice case for Romantic nationalism being bunkum and attempts to tease out the ways in which xenophobic nationalism came to the fore in Poland around the turn of the century. He rightly focuses on the National Democracy movement and awkwardly argues that the perception of historical time changed, making the earlier utopian vision of Polish inclusive nationalism insufficient. Basically, some people began to reject positivism while remaining in a "left", "modern" intellectual current [...]

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