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by Keely Stauter-Halsted

How do peasants come to think of themselves as members of a nation? The widely accepted argument is that national sentiment originates among intellectuals or urban middle classes, then "trickles down" to the working class and peasants. Keely Stauter-Halsted argues that such models overlook the independent contribution of peasant societies. She explores the complex case of the Polish peasants of Austrian Galicia, from the 1848 emancipation of the serfs to the eve of the First World War.

In the years immediately after emancipation, Polish-speaking peasants were more apt to identify with the Austrian Emperor and the Catholic Church than with their Polish lords or the middle classes of the Galician capital, Cracow. Yet by the end of the century, Polish-speaking peasants would cheer, "Long live Poland" and celebrate the centennial of the peasant-fueled insurrection in defense of Polish independence.

The explanation for this shift, Stauter-Halsted says, is the symbiosis that developed between peasant elites and upper-class reformers. She reconstructs this difficult, halting process, paying particular attention to public life and conflicts within the rural communities themselves. The author's approach is at once comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing from literature on national identity formation in Latin America, China, and Western Europe. The Nation in the Village combines anthropology, sociology, and literary criticism with economic, social, cultural, and political history.

Download The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848–1914 epub
ISBN: 0801489962
ISBN13: 978-0801489969
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Keely Stauter-Halsted
Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press (December 9, 2004)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1302 kb
FB2 size: 1120 kb
Rating: 4.3
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So much insight into the living, working, educational systems of Poland during the years of my grandparents' lives there .. and conditions of the country when they immigrated. Highly recommend for those who are researching their family history.
This book is very interesting for anyone studing or wanting to learn about Poland/Galicia and the heartaches they incountered in the mid to late 1800's.
My ancestors came from there and I find it interesting to know what they had
to go through, It makes it clearer to see why they left. Politics back then
were not much better than today.
The indroduction was a bit long, although informative. However still boring.
This is a nice read and academically sound. I purchases for use in a discussion group. We all struggle to find good, truly sound academic reads on the topic. Some disparity but overall okay
There was a lot of detail on some of the history and not enough of the daily interaction of people.
Elastic Skunk
First off, the subject of the book is the transition of allegiance/identity of Galician peasants from being a subject of a Lord (landlord) to being independent citizens of the Kingdom of Poland. The time period involved is 1848-1914.
Secondly, this book was written by a history professor with the intended audience being fellow academia. It is not a "light read". It is a college-level research text. It's packed full of well researched details of the lives and times of Galician peasants. If you've got Polish roots, you'll learn a tremendous amount about them in this book! If you want more than just names on your family tree... If you're interested in knowing what life was like for the people whose names are on your family tree, you should read this book. It touches on what the peasants feared, how they celebrated (and what they celebrated), what educational opportunities they had, what opportunities they had for socializing, the role of women in farm life, lots about their struggles to become politically involved beyond their own villages and more. If you want well researched facts and details this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.
Husband pursuing his Polish roots - enjoyed this book immensely.