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Author Ciancia, Kathryn, author.

Title On civilization's edge : a Polish borderland in the interwar world / Kathryn Ciancia
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 343 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents A Conversation -- On the Edge, In the World -- Democracy as Civilizing Mission -- The Integration Myth -- The Many Meanings of the Border -- Polish Towns? Jewish Towns? -- Depoliticizing the Volhynian Village -- Regionalism, or The Limits of Inclusion -- Thinking Technocratically
Summary "In 1918, as Europe's continental empires were violently replaced with a patchwork of nominally post-imperial nation-states, elites in Poland drew on the global language of civilization to launch a state-building mission in the non-ethnically Polish, nationally contested, and war-torn region of Volhynia. By following eastward in the footsteps of border guards, military settlers, provincial administrators, regional activists, health professionals, urban planners, teachers, and academics, the work traces how a colorful cast of characters adapted the prevailing language of European imperialism while simultaneously rejecting the very idea that they could act imperialistically in an historically Polish borderland. Their tension-ridden approaches were never static. Some Polish nationalists declared that they alone could act as benign civilizational conduits in mainly Ukrainian villages and predominantly Jewish towns, while others attempted to craft a regional identity. But by the eve of the Second World War, the province had become a testing ground for visions of demographic transformation that favoured antisemitic schemes of Jewish emigration and the forced assimilation of non-Polish Slavs. Throughout, doubts about the national strength of local Poles, competitions between diverse groups of self-declared civilizers, and mounting anxieties about the rise of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, meant that Volhynia served as an arena for redefining the precise contours of the modern Polish nation. Rather than simply a successor state embroiled in the quintessentially east European problem of "national minorities," Poland was a place where people engaged with the concept of civilization, recasting its meaning in conceptual spaces between empire and nation-state"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 16, 2020)
Subject Jews -- Ukraine -- Volhynia -- History -- 20th century
Nationalism -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
Nationalists -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
Polish people -- Ukraine -- Volhynia -- History -- 20th century
Polonization -- Ukraine -- Volhynia -- History -- 20th century
Ethnic relations.
Polish people.
Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Volhynia (Ukraine) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century
Ukraine -- Volhynia.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020007990
ISBN 0190067462
Other Titles Polish borderland in the interwar world