Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present

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U of Nebraska Press, Dec 1, 2006 - History - 399 pages
In this provocative and insightful book, Joanna Beata Michlic interrogates the myth of the Jew as Poland's foremost internal "threatening other," harmful to Poland, its people, and to all aspects of its national life. This is the first attempt to chart new theoretical directions in the study of Polish-Jewish relations in the wake of the controversy over Jan Gross's book Neighbors. Michlic analyzes the nature and impact of anti-Jewish prejudices on modern Polish society and culture, tracing the history of the concept of the Jew as the threatening other and its role in the formation and development of modern Polish national identity based on the matrix of exclusivist ethnic nationalism.

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The Concept of the Jew as the Threatening Other and Modern Nation Building in Poland
A Historical Introduction Part I
A Historical Introduction Part II
Instigation Rationalization and Justification of Violence
A New Set of Political and Social Circumstances
Polish Perceptions of Jews in the Early Postwar Period 194549
The Communist Regime and the Myth 1950s80s
The Beginning of the End of the Image 19892000s

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\Joanna Beata Michlic is an assistant professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in 2003–5 and is the coeditor of The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland and the author of Coming to Terms with the “Dark Past”: The Polish Debate about the Jedwabne Massacre.

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