Primed For Violence: Murder, Antisemitism, And Democratic Politics In Interwar Poland by Paul BrykczynskiPrimed For Violence: Murder, Antisemitism, And Democratic Politics In Interwar Poland by Paul Brykczynski

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

byPaul Brykczynski

Paperback | May 11, 2016

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In 1922, voters in the newly created Republic of Poland democratically elected their 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 within a week 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.

Paul Brykczynski is an independent historian who lives in Ontario.
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Title:Primed For Violence: Murder, Antisemitism, And Democratic Politics In Interwar PolandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 11, 2016Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299307042

ISBN - 13:9780299307042

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Pronunciation Guide
List of Abbreviations
 
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

Editorial Reviews

"Makes significant, interesting contributions to a wide range of historiographies, including debates about the place of civic nationalism in interwar political discourse and about the power and reach of interwar antisemitism." -Eva Plach, Wilfred Laurier