Polish Encounters, Russian Identity (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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At a time when Poland is emphasizing its distance from Russia, Polish Encounters, Russian Identity points to the historical ties and mutual influences of these two great Slavic peoples. Whether Poland adopted a hostile or a friendly stance toward Russia, the intense responses of Russian thinkers, writers, and political leaders to Poland and to Polish culture shaped Russians' idea of themselves and their place in the world. Countering the recent trend to deny the rich interactions between Russia and Poland, this collection reminds readers that these longstanding, if often difficult, contacts constitute an important and enduring element in the consciousness of the peoples of both countries.
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David L. Ransel is Robert F. Byrnes Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.

Bozena Shallcross is Associate Professor of Polish Literature at the University of Chicago.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Russian identity in its encounter with Poland 1
1 The irreparable church schism : Russian Orthodox identity and its historical encounter with Catholicism 20
2 Imitation of life : a Russian guest in the Polish regimental family 37
3 Repositioning Pushkin and the poems of the Polish uprising 49
4 Appropriating Poland : glinka, Polish dance, and Russian national identity 74
5 The Slavophile thinkers and the Polish question in 1863 89
6 Dostoevsky and his Polish fellow prisoners from the house of the dead 100
7 Vladimir Solov'ev's views on the Polish questions : Poland and reunion of the eastern and western churches 110
8 The geopolitical dimension of Russian-Polish confrontation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 122
9 Tsar Vasilii Shuiskii, the Staszic Palace, and nineteenth-century Russian politics in Warsaw 144
10 At home with Pani Eliza : Isaac Babel and his Polish encounters 160
11 Soviet polonophobia and the formulation of nationalities policy in the Ukrainian SSR, 1927-1934 172
12 Under the influence? : Joseph Brodsky and Poland 189
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