Catholicism and Patriotism in Poland during the First World War

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Academic research is gradually rediscovering the First World War in Poland. For a long time, the First World War has been pushed into the background in Polish historiography. Because of its complexity and very many ambivalent factors, the First World War was difficult to classify within Polish national history. The fact that the Polish State did not exist prior to 1918 is often presented as the main reason behind this lack of interest in Poland as far as the First World War is concerned. Furthermore, any such attention has concentrated primarily on the war as the event that enabled Poland to exist once again on the world map. To a great extent, myths such as these developed as a result of influence exerted by the Polish Catholic Church. Before WWI, non-existent Poland was presented as the “Christ of Nations,” a state that had to suffer and to struggle for her independence. The strong bond between the Polish people and the Roman-Catholic faith became clear under the influence of the 19th century nation building process. During the period of Poland’s partitions (1795-1918), the Catholic Church came to be seen as a safe haven. This article analyses the extent and importance of religious faith during the First World War in Poland.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftKirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History
Vol/bind31
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)184-193
ISSN0932-9951
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1. dec. 2018

Fingeraftryk

Poland
Patriotism
Catholicism
World War I
Catholic Church
Historiography
Catholic Faith
National History
Christ
Nation-building
Religious Faith
Academic Research

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Catholicism and Patriotism in Poland during the First World War. / Stoklosa, Katarzyna .

I: Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History, Bind 31, Nr. 1, 01.12.2018, s. 184-193.

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