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Title:
A suburb of Europe : nineteenth-century Polish approaches to Western civilization
Author:
Jedlicki, Jerzy.
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Uniform Title:
Jakiej cywilizacji Polacy potrzebują. English
Edition:
English edition.
Publication Information:
Budapest, Hungary ; New York : Central European University Press, [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
xxvii, 307 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9789639116276

9789639116269
Format :
Book

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Central Library CB204 .J4313 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Jedlicki (history, Polish Academy of Sciences) explores the century- long Polish debate over the merits and drawbacks of the Western model of liberal progress and industrial civilization. First published in Polish by Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warsaw, 1988. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Originally published in Warsaw in 1988 with the more revealing title What Kind of Civilization Do the Poles Need?, this translated study by a leading Polish scholar examines carefully and critically the 19th-century discussion in partitioned Poland about the merits and demerits of the Western model of liberal progress and industrial civilization. Between the 1780s and the late 1880s, circles of the Polish intelligentsia heatedly first debated what model of cosmopolitan industrial civilization could be accepted, rejected, or modified, then agonized over what the outcome of changes already incorporated into Polish society would be. Jedlicki traces and analyzes these issues by closely reading individual writers and thinkers and the social and cultural context in which they moved. This is a brilliant example of intellectual history, but it is one whose importance far transcends the period on which it focuses. In important ways, in the postcommunist "transition" of the 1990s, the issues of the 19th century are profoundly relevant to the beginnings of the 21st. Moreover, Jedlicki's book raises issues and examines positions that were and are not unique to Poland, but that every society faces as it confronts social change. All levels. P. W. Knoll University of Southern California


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