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On Civilization's Edge: A Polish Borderland in the Interwar World

Kathryn Ciancia


In 1918, as Europe’s continental empires were violently replaced with a patchwork of nominally post-imperial nation-states, elites in Poland drew on the global language of civilization to launch an internal state-building mission. This book focuses on how these processes took shape in Volhynia, an eastern borderland province that was home to Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews, between 1918 and 1939. By following in the footsteps of an eclectic group of men and women that included border guards, military settlers, provincial administrators, regional activists, health professionals, urban planners, tea ... More

Keywords: borderland, civilization, state-building, nationalism, imperialism, national minorities, Poland, Ukrainians, Jews, antisemitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190067458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190067458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Ciancia, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison