By James Bjork
---Dennis Sweeney, college of Alberta
"James Bjork has produced a finely crafted, insightful, certainly, pathbreaking examine of the interaction among spiritual and nationwide id in past due nineteenth-century important Europe."
---Anthony Steinhoff, college of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Neither German nor Pole examines how the population of 1 of Europe's so much densely populated commercial districts controlled to defy straight forward nationwide categorization, even within the heyday of nationalizing pressures on the flip of the 20 th century. As James E. Bjork argues, the "civic nationwide" undertaking of turning population of higher Silesia into Germans and the "ethnic nationwide" undertaking of awakening them as Poles either loved successes, yet those usually canceled each other out, exacerbating instead of casting off doubts approximately people's nationwide allegiances. during this impasse, it used to be a special form of identification---religion---that supplied either the ideological framework and the social house for higher Silesia to navigate among German and varnish orientations. A fine-grained, microhistorical research of ways confessional politics and the day-by-day rhythms of bilingual Roman Catholic spiritual perform subverted nationwide identity, Neither German nor Pole strikes past neighborhood background to handle extensive questions about the connection among nationalism, faith, and modernity.
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