Poland in the Modern World

Hostility to Islam in France and Poland

An article in today’s Washington Post by Adam Taylor offers a very disturbing comparison between anti-Muslim sentiment in Poland and France. Actually, the headline focuses on France, and the statistics offer information about many European countries, but after Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak’s idiotic statements in response to the Nice tragedy (which I won’t dignify with

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Too many of the posts on this blog have been depressing, because events in Poland for the past year have been so troubling. But let’s all remember that the Polish government does not define Poland–in fact, even if we add together the supporters of  PiS and the smaller radical-right parties, they still don’t constitute a majority of the population. OK–they are

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Warsaw 7-2016 Nato MON Exhibit (14)a

Poland’s New Pantheon

The PiS regime is hoping to use this weekend’s NATO summit in Warsaw as an opportunity to push its historical agenda of martyrology and grievance. Their (misguided) conviction is that foreigners will respect Poland more if the country’s history is presented as a story of heroism, victimization, resistance to (always external) injustice, and above all

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Patriotic Petition

Protests and Patriotism

A petition is currently circulating among Polish Studies scholars regarding the fate of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk (click here for background on the scandal). The text of the letter is below, and I urge everyone who agrees with its message to join this protest by emailing the organizers, John Connelly

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So Far, PiS has a Secure Hold on Power

I’m not sure that there’s much point in tracking survey data about the popularity of the Law and Justice movement. First, between now and the next elections there are certain to be a lot of ups and downs for all the major parties in Poland, and we can’t make any projections based on the current

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How to Write a Headline about Conspiracy Theories

Kudos to Reuters (and others) for running the headline today, “Polish Minister says Foul Play Behind President’s Jet Crash.”  This contrasts with many press outlets that have been describing this as a dispute between “Poland” and “Russia” regarding the tragic 2010 accident that killed almost 100 Polish government officials (including president Lech Kaczyński).  Perhaps the difference between the vague shorthand “Poland”

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