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By Deborah Cahalen Schneider

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The Góral ethnic identification has been on the heart of political machinations in Poland for hundreds of years. The overdue Pope John Paul II, for instance, used to be a Góral. this can be the 1st book-length examine of the Góral identification and one of many few reports in English to debate Górals. via own interviews, neighborhood manuscripts, and educational histories of the area, writer Deborah Cahalen Schneider exhibits how vital the Góral identification has been to Poland’s background. The clash over the Góral id in the neighborhood of Zywiec, Poland serves as a lens wherein Schneider perspectives nationwide id concerns and sophistication clash in Poland at huge. The Góral identification not just gave this neighborhood a feeling of togetherness less than the Habsburg Empire, but in addition used to be a logo of Polish identification for Polish nationalists in the course of that point. Schneider exhibits how the Góral id has spanned the increase and, arguably, the autumn of nationalism because the fundamental discourse of political id within the post—Cold conflict, ecu Union—dominated jap Europe.

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By Deborah Cahalen Schneider

ISBN-10: 0791466558

ISBN-13: 9780791466551

ISBN-10: 1423766237

ISBN-13: 9781423766230

The Góral ethnic identification has been on the heart of political machinations in Poland for hundreds of years. The overdue Pope John Paul II, for instance, used to be a Góral. this can be the 1st book-length examine of the Góral identification and one of many few reports in English to debate Górals. via own interviews, neighborhood manuscripts, and educational histories of the area, writer Deborah Cahalen Schneider exhibits how vital the Góral identification has been to Poland’s background. The clash over the Góral id in the neighborhood of Zywiec, Poland serves as a lens wherein Schneider perspectives nationwide id concerns and sophistication clash in Poland at huge. The Góral identification not just gave this neighborhood a feeling of togetherness less than the Habsburg Empire, but in addition used to be a logo of Polish identification for Polish nationalists in the course of that point. Schneider exhibits how the Góral id has spanned the increase and, arguably, the autumn of nationalism because the fundamental discourse of political id within the post—Cold conflict, ecu Union—dominated jap Europe.

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Entering the dimly lit space, we discovered that it was furnished entirely in Góral-style carved wooden furniture. Because we had previously visited the town of Zakopane to the east, another Góral community, we expected that the waitstaff would be Góral-speakers. The women who worked there, however, did not seem to speak in the Góral dialect. After lunch, we investigated the national park and castles, which were part of the former Habsurg estate. Eventually we asked for directions to the brewery and drove out to see it.

Historically, I also explore the influences of the former Communist Party and the Solidarity movement in Zywiec, showing how members of these organizations have been absorbed into the new power structure. In the postsocialist era, I analyze the emergence of a new elite class, the neocapitalists, who are primarily the go-betweens and beneficiaries of • • • • • 22 Being Góral • international capitalist investments in Zywiec. This new elite class is in direct competition with the prewar elite, in the sense of both moral authority in the community and access to economic resources.

Ethnic regionalism was quite a challenge for governors of the new nation-state. The problems of incorporating millions of people who identified themselves as Germans, Silesians, Belorussians, Lemkians, Ruthenians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Jews, Slovakians, Czechs, and, of course, Poles plagued the new government. Military action continued in Poland until 1920, and the newly free government sought to hold off Russian, German, and Czech attempts to seize its territory. In Zywiec, the Habsburgs still remained in residence because they still owned their estate and much of the town industry.

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