From Revolution to Nation. Popular Unrest in Russian Poland, 1907-1918

Lecture | December 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Wiktor Marzec, Assistant Professor, Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Russian Poland was among the most militant tsarist borderlands during the 1905-1907 Revolution. Harboring long-lasting strikes and breeding bellicose street fighters, Poland witnessed an unprecedented political upheaval manifest in the emergence of mass parties, labor unions and a new public culture. However, only a decade later, when revolutionary movements again loomed large and shook the whole region, Poland remained relatively calm. What were the processes responsible for the withering-away of social-revolutionary tendencies, or asking the question other way around, how the process of popular nationalization went on during the inter-revolutionary decade? In order to address this question Dr. Marzec analyzes an extensive database documenting contentious events in Russian Poland between 1907 and 1917. He aims to offer a broader outlook of dispersed and variegated popular unrest, where both class and nation as communities of reference were forged out of the general grievances such as lacking dignity and economic deprivation.