Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland.
Degree: PhD, History, 2013, University of Michigan
This dissertation examines the impact of the 1922 election and murder of Gabriel Narutowicz, the first president of Poland, on the discursive field of Polish nationalism. Narutowicz was seen as an illegitimate president by the nationalist right, and murdered by a nationalist sympathizer because of the support offered to him by Jewish, Ukrainian, and German deputies during the election. Using a blend of cultural, intellectual, and microhistorical approaches, the dissertation demonstrates that the most important shifts in the discursive field of Polish nationalism in the early 20th century occurred in response to specific, contingent, political events. The election and murder of Narutowicz constituted the most important in a series of these events. By examining the pre- and post- assassination discourse of both left- and right-wing Polish thinkers and politicians, the dissertation shows that the murder, and the street violence associated with it, propelled the left to abandon its “civic” vision of the imagined community of the nation. At the same time, despite suffering a temporary setback, the nationalist right quickly reaffirmed its commitment to anti-Semitism and further radicalized its “ethnic” nationalism. Therefore, the murder of Narutowicz played an instrumental role in the transformation of the discursive structures of Polish nationalism between 1918 and 1939, and can help explain the ultimate victory of an ethnic and anti-Semitic nationalism in interwar Poland.
Advisors/Committee Members: Porter-Szucs, Brian A. (committee member), Zubrzycki, Genevieve (committee member), Suny, Ronald G. (committee member), Blobaum, Robert E. (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: Ethnic Conflict; Nationalism; Anti-Semitism; Violence; Contingent Events; Poland; History (General); Humanities
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APA (6th Edition):
Brykczynski, P. (2013). Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Michigan. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/97869
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Brykczynski, Paul. “Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland.” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Michigan. Accessed March 24, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Brykczynski, Paul. “Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland.” 2013. Web. 24 Mar 2019.
Brykczynski P. Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Michigan; 2013. [cited 2019 Mar 24].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/97869.
Council of Science Editors:
Brykczynski P. Political Murder and the Victory of Ethnic Nationalism in Interwar Poland. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Michigan; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/97869