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Peter Polak-Springer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ACLS-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers CES
Abstract of my dissertation:
Making “Recoveries”: The Cultural Politics of Territorial Appropriation in a German-Polish Industrial Borderland, 1922-1971
This project examines the development of a Polish-German transnational political culture of territorial appropriation over a half-century based on the case-study of the Upper Silesian Industrial District. First, it focuses on how the bilateral national “cold war” over this borderland during the interwar era spurred the cultivation of revanchist discourses, acculturation programs, symbolic landscapes, and particular groups of Polish and German elites devoted to agitating for the territory. Second, it explores how these factors served as the supporting and legitimating basis of the war- and postwar-era violence and ethnic cleansing that occurred in this borderland, as well as the totalitarian-minded regimes that promoted it. Finally, it examines the immediate and long term effects of this revanchist cultural politics, and the more violent and disruptive processes it supported, on the populace of the Industrial District and the wider societies of Poland and Germany.
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I earned my PhD in modern European History from Rutgers University (New Brunswick) in August of 2010 (dated Oct. 2010). My fields of specialization are the following: Polish-German borderlands, Polish-German relations, borderlands in Central/Eastern Europe, Modern Germany, Modern Poland, modern Central and Eastern Europe, modern Europe, Comparative and Global History.
I am interested in the following interdisciplinary areas during the modern era: nationalism, transnationalism, memory studies, borderlands.