Primed For Violence: Murder, Antisemitism, And Democratic Politics In Interwar Poland

Hardcover | May 11, 2016

byPaul Brykczynski

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In 1922, the new Republic of Poland democratically elected its first president, Gabriel Narutowicz. Because his supporters included a Jewish political party, an opposing faction of antisemites demanded his resignation. Within hours, bloody riots erupted in Warsaw, and less than a week later the president was assassinated. In the wake of these events, the radical right asserted that only “ethnic Poles” should rule the country, while the left silently capitulated to this demand.
            As Paul Brykczynski tells this gripping story, he explores the complex role of antisemitism, nationalism, and violence in Polish politics between the two World Wars. Though focusing on Poland, the book sheds light on the rise of the antisemitic right in Europe and beyond, and on the impact of violence on political culture and discourse.

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In 1922, the new Republic of Poland democratically elected its first president, Gabriel Narutowicz. Because his supporters included a Jewish political party, an opposing faction of antisemites demanded his resignation. Within hours, bloody riots erupted in Warsaw, and less than a week later the president was assassinated. In the wake o...

Paul Brykczynski holds a PhD in modern European history from the University of Michigan. He lives in Ontario, Canada.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:May 11, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029930700X

ISBN - 13:9780299307004

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Preface                       
List of Abbreviations             
Pronunciation Guide              
 
Introduction               
1 “Down with the Jews!”                  
2 From Protest to Assassination                    
3 Hatred and Electoral Politics                      
4 “The Jewish President”                   
5 The Unrepentant Right                   
6 The Defeat of the Civic Nation                  
Conclusion                 
 
Notes              
Bibliography              
Index

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“As exciting as a good novel, but meticulously researched and offering sophisticated historical analysis.”—Piotr Wróbel, University of Toronto