By Tomasz Kamusella
This booklet discusses old continuities and discontinuities between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, interwar Poland, the Polish People’s Republic, and modern Poland. The yr 1989 is noticeable as a transparent point-break that allowed the Poles and their kingdom to regain a ‘natural old continuity’ with the ‘Second Republic,’ as interwar Poland is usually pointed out within the present Polish nationwide grasp narrative. during this development of pondering the earlier, Poland-Lithuania (nowadays approximately coterminous with Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia’s Kaliningrad quarter and Ukraine) is obvious because the ‘First Republic.’ even though, however ‘politics of reminiscence’ (Geschichtspolitik) – relating to its borders, associations, legislations, language, or ethnic and social make-up – present-day Poland, in fact, is the direct successor to and the continuation of communist Poland. mockingly, today’s Poland is particularly various, in the entire aforementioned points, from the 1st and moment Republics. accordingly, modern Poland is kind of un-Polish, certainly, from the point of view of Polishness outlined as a ancient (that is, felony, social, cultural, ethnic and political) continuity of Poland-Lithuania and interwar Poland.
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