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By Patrice M. Dabrowski

''This ebook represents the main refined historiographical method of realizing nation-building. Patrice Dabrowski demonstrates super erudition... making tremendous use of up to date newspapers and journals, in addition to archival material.'' -- Larry Wolff, Boston university, writer of Inventing japanese Europe

Patrice M. Dabrowski investigates the nation-building actions of Poles in the course of the a long time previous international conflict I, whilst the stateless Poles have been minorities in the empires of Russia, Germany, and Austria-Hungary. might Poles preserve a feeling of nationwide identification, or could they develop into Germans, Austrians, or Russians? Dabrowski demonstrates that Poles availed themselves of the power to have fun anniversaries of previous deeds and personages to bolster their country from inside of, offering a flooring for a countrywide discourse able to unifying Poles throughout political obstacles and social and cultural transformations. Public commemorations corresponding to the jubilee of the author Jozef Kraszewski, the bicentennial of the relaxation of Vienna, and the go back to Poland of the is still of the poet Adam Mickiewicz are reconstructed right here in brilliant detail.

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For the reasons advanced earlier, Galicia—and Cracow in particular—held the most promise as a site for national festivities. That the city was reinvigorated by the celebration can best be shown by reviewing its sad state prior to 1879. Cracow was hardly a modern metropolis. Situated neatly between the three empires, it had been a lively center of regional interaction and trade in the early nineteenth century when it was a tiny but independent entity, the Free City of Cracow. A failed attempt at Polish Phoenix | 29 insurrection on the part of a small group of Polish noblemen in 1846 drastically altered its fate.

41 His job completed, Dunajewski retreated to the church. 42 While Dunajewski avoided the Kraszewski jubilee, the writer absented himself from the blessing of Old Cloth Hall. 43 As the description above indicates, a curious separation of Church and state characterized the celebration. The liberal Kraszewski could not allow himself to be seen as a pawn of the ultramontanes. 47 Still, the relationship of the Church to the Polish nation would prove problematic for many Poles. Were they to be (or appear) Catholics first, Poles second (like Dunajewski) or Poles first, Catholics second (like Kraszewski)?

The celebration began with a mass in Saint Mary’s Church. Choirs sang old Polish church songs as well as a new mass by Rychling, the music director at Wawel Cathedral. One needed a ticket to attend, for even this large Gothic church could house only a small fraction of Cracow’s visitors. Kraszewski sat next to the two ranking dignitaries: the mayor and the Galician provincial marshal, Ludwik Wodzicki, the latter dressed in traditional Polish noble garb. 39 Bishop Dunajewski solemnly blessed the knob, containing commemorative documents, to be placed atop the building.

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