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Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share. Description Reviews More Details. Description As in all peripheral countries of Europe, Polish intellectuals - conservatives, liberal, and later socialists - quarrelled about whether the Western model of liberal progress and industrial civilisation would suit and benefit their nation, or whether it would spell the ruin of its distinctive cultural features.

This book tells the story of a century-long Polish dispute over the merits and demerits of the Western model. The debate revolved around several pairs of opposing ideas: native culture vs cosmopolitan civilization; natural vs artificial ways of economic development; Christian morals vs capitalist laissez-faire; traditional customs vs mobile society; romanticism vs scientism, and so on.

It is these various aspects of the main issue which the author analyzes and links together in this work. He shows how difficult and painful the process of modernization was in a nation deprived of its political independence and cultural autonomy. Free Returns We hope you are delighted with everything you buy from us. However, if you are not, we will refund or replace your order up to 30 days after purchase. Terms and exclusions apply; find out more from our Returns and Refunds Policy.

A Suburb of Europe: Nineteenth-century Polish Approaches to Western Civilization

Illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. Reviewed for H-Business and EH. NET by Robert E. Reconciling Art and the Market in Russia and Poland In this ambitious examination of the impact of capitalism on Russian and Polish literature at turn-of-the century, Beth Holmgren has produced a timely, original, insightful and accessible book.

An associate professor of Russian and Polish literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Holmgren exploits not only the tools of her own trade in appraising the relationship between literature and the market, but those of the intellectual and cultural historian as well. A wide range of readers will derive any number of insights from this concise, sophisticated and engaging work.

Adjustment to new sets of social and economic relations defined by the market proved difficult in most, if not all instances. As caste-like social structures eroded due to greater mobility demanded by the market and as literacy ceased to be the preserve of elites, an emerging mass-circulation press both represented and shaped a new consumer culture.

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This is a tall order indeed, but Holmgren succeeds admirably in filling most of it. Major works by Jeffrey Brooks on literacy and popular literature,[1] Louise McReynolds on the mass-circulation press,[2] and Laura Engelstein on the contest ed terrain of sexuality in fin-de-siecle Russian culture[3] are used by Holmgren to map out her territory. She is less certain of her Polish ground.