The Politics of Memory Nationalism in Contemporary Poland

dc.contributor.advisordeGraffenried, Julie
dc.contributor.authorVanVleet, Faith
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-20T18:59:42Z
dc.date.available2022-05-20T18:59:42Z
dc.date.copyright2022
dc.date.issued2022-05-20
dc.description.abstractSince 2017, Communist monuments in Poland have been disappearing from across the country. Behind their removal is the policy of the Polish Law and Justice administration carried out by the Institute of National Memory (IPN), a highly centralized organization with extensive power over memory politics. This thesis argues that Poland’s government engages in the politics of eternity, a term from scholar Timothy Snyder’s book, The Road to Unfreedom, by using memory policy to portray Poland as at the center of a cycle of victimhood. The IPN supports this narrative through the production of educational and popular culture media that problematically compare Poland’s experience of World War II to the Communist era. A case study of two monuments, the Monument to the Revolutionary Act in Rzeszów, Poland and the Monument to the Soldiers of the Soviet Army in Warsaw, Poland delves into the differences in adaptability surrounding controversial historical monuments. Questions raised by the Polish monument controversy have broader application to monument controversies worldwide.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/11888
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsBaylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectPolitics.en_US
dc.subjectHistory.en_US
dc.subjectMonuments.en_US
dc.subjectMemory.en_US
dc.subjectPoland.en_US
dc.subjectCommunism.en_US
dc.titleThe Politics of Memory Nationalism in Contemporary Polanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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