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Week 7: Peasants into ....

  • What role does the peasantry play in 19th century nation building?
  • To what extent did Ukrainian, Polish, Russian nationalists succeed in making peasants into Ukrainians, Poles and Russians?
  • How did the Russian, German and Austrian empires react to the nationalisation of the peasantry?
  • What is 'organic work'?

Essential Reading

Dabrowski, Patrice M., Commemorations and the Shaping of Modern Poland (Bloomington/Indianapolis, 2004), pp. 159-210[= Chapter 6: 'Teutons versus Slavs? Commemorating the Battle of Grunwald'] e-book in library, AND/OR

Dabrowski, Patrice M., 'Folk, Faith and Fatherland. Defining the Polish Nation in 1883', Nationalities Papers28 (2000), pp. 397-416.

Weeks, Theodore R., ‘Russification: Word and Practice 1863-1914’, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 148 (2004), pp. 471-489. Login via your Warwick account

Recommended Reading

Wortman, Richard, Scenarios of Power. Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy. New Abridged One-Volume Paperback Edition (Princeton, 2006), pp. 377-396 [= Chapter 121: ‘Historical Celebrations’]

Further Reading

Weeks, Theodore R., Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia: Nationalism and Russification on the Western Frontier, 1863-1914 (DeKalb 1996).

Etzioni, Amitai, ‘Towards a Theory of Public Ritual’, Sociological Theory 18 (2000), pp. 44-59.

Wortman, Richard, Scenarios of Power. Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy, vol. 2: From Alexander II to the Abdication of Nicholas I (Princeton, 2000), pp. 439-480.

Wortman, Richard, Visual Texts, Ceremonial Texts, Texts of Exploration: Collected Articles on the Representation of the Russian Monarchy (Academic Studies Press, 2014)