The Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski's Poland, 1926 - 1935 by Eva PlachThe Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski's Poland, 1926 - 1935 by Eva Plach

The Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski's Poland, 1926 - 1935

byEva Plach

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The May 1926 coup d’état in Poland inaugurated what has become known as the period of sanacja or “cleansing.” The event has been explored in terms of the impact that it had on state structures and political styles. But for both supporters and opponents of the post-May regime, the sanacja was a catalyst for debate about Polish national identity, about citizenship and responsibility to the nation, and about postwar sexual morality and modern gender identities.

The Clash of Moral Nations is a study of the political culture of interwar Poland, as reflected in and by the coup. Eva Plach shifts the focus from strictly political contexts and examines instead the sanacja’s open-ended and malleable language of purification, rebirth, and moral regeneration.

In tracking the diverse appropriations and manipulations of the sanacja concept, Plach relies on a wide variety of texts, including the press of the period, the personal and professional papers of notable interwar women activists, and the official records of pro-sanacja organizations, such as the Women’s Union for Citizenship Work.

The Clash of Moral Nations introduces an important cultural and gendered dimension to understandings of national and political identity in interwar Poland.
Eva Plach is an assistant professor of history at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
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Title:The Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski's Poland, 1926 - 1935Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821420801

ISBN - 13:9780821420805

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“Offers insight into the ways in which the boundaries between public and private spheres began to be effaced even before the arrival of totalitarianism. solidly researched.”
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