Creating Kashubia: History, Memory, And Identity In Canada's First Polish Community by Joshua C. BlankCreating Kashubia: History, Memory, And Identity In Canada's First Polish Community by Joshua C. Blank

Creating Kashubia: History, Memory, And Identity In Canada's First Polish Community

byJoshua C. Blank

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In recent years, over one million Canadians have claimed Polish heritage - a significant population increase since the first group of Poles came from Prussian-occupied Poland and settled in Wilno, Ontario, west of Ottawa in 1858. For over a century, descendants from this community thought of themselves as Polish, but this began to change in the 1980s due to the work of a descendant priest who emphasized the community's origins in Poland's Kashubia region. What resulted was the reinvention of ethnicity concurrent with a similar movement in northern Poland. Creating Kashubia chronicles more than one hundred and fifty years of history, identity, and memory and challenges the historiography of migration and settlement in the region. For decades, authors from outside Wilno, as well as community insiders, have written histories without using the other's stores of knowledge. Joshua Blank combines primary archival material and oral history with national narratives and a rich secondary literature to reimagine the period. He examines the socio-political and religious forces in Prussia, delves into the world of emigrant recruitment, and analyzes the trans-Atlantic voyage. In doing so, Blank challenges old narratives and traces the refashioning of the community's ethnic identity from Polish to Kashubian. An illuminating study, Creating Kashubia shows how changing identities and the politics of ethnic memory are locally situated yet transnationally influenced.
Joshua C. Blank teaches Social Studies and English in the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
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Title:Creating Kashubia: History, Memory, And Identity In Canada's First Polish CommunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2016Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773547207

ISBN - 13:9780773547209

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"The very act of publishing this book is a significant event in the history of the Kashubs in Canada. Students and scholars can benefit from the bibliography in the area of immigration history, evolution of Canadian society, and multiculturalism. The study should be useful for university-level classroom discussions and seminars on these topics." The Canadian Historical Review