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Poland's Threatening Other


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1 - The Concept of the Jew as the Threatening Other and Modern Nation Building in Poland: General Introduction; 2 - The Representation of the Jew as the Threatening Other: Historical Introduction Part I.; 3 - The Myth of the Jew as the Threatening Other and its Functions in Interwar Poland, 1918-1939: Historical Introduction Part II.; 4 - The Myth and Anti-Jewish Violence between 1918 and 1939: The Uses of the Myth in Instigation, Rationalization and Justification of Violence.; 5 - Perceptions of Jews during the German Occupation of Poland, 1939-1945: The Development and Persistence of the Myth under a New Set of Political and Social Circumstances.; 6 - Old Wine in a New Bottle: Ethno-Nationalist Influence on Polish Perceptions of Jews in the Early Post-War Period, 1945-49.; 7 - "Judeo-communists, Judeo-Stalinists, Judeo-anti-Communists and National Nihilists": The Communist Regime and the Myth, 1950s -1980s.; 8 - Conclusions: The Beginning of the End of the Image of the Jew as Threatening Other in Post-Communist Poland.

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Provocative and insightful examination of the myth of the Jew as the internal enemy of Poland, and its lasting effect on Polish culture and society

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Joanna Beata Michlic is an assistant professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in 2003-5 and is the coeditor of The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland and the author of Coming to Terms with the "Dark Past": The Polish Debate about the Jedwabne Massacre.


"Joanna Michlic's achievement is a comprehensive, balanced, thoroughly researched study of how Jews have been viewed by Poles, especially by politicians and writers... The great strength of this book is its comprehensiveness and rich evidentiary base."-Nations and Nationalism -- Zvi Gitelman Nations and Nationalism "Michlic has given us an illuminating and readable survey of an important issue; she has written a book that scholars of Polish, east European, and Jewish history will be glad to have on their shelves and that will be of great service to them in their classrooms."-Ezra Mendelsohn, Slavic Review -- Ezra Mendelsohn Slavic Review

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