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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14: Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands

Antony Polonsky


The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, created in 1569, covered a wide spectrum of faiths and languages. The nobility, who were the main focus of Polishness, were predominantly Catholic; the peasantry included Catholics, Protestants, and members of the Orthodox faith, while nearly half the urban population, and some 10 per cent of the total population, was Jewish. The partition of Poland at the end of the eighteenth century and the subsequent struggle to regain Polish independence raised the question of what the boundaries of a future state should be, and who qualified as a Pole. The partitioning ... More

Keywords: Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Jews, western Poland, Polish independence, Poles, Germans, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Jewish life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Polonsky, author
Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University

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Part I Jews in the Polish Borderlands


Antony Polonsky

Part II New Views

Part III Reviews

Gates of Heaven

Eleonora Bergman

Upside-Down History

Jerzy Tomaszewski

Book Reviews

John M. Carlebach

Edward Fram

Michael Broyde and Ricetti Angela, (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1997); pp. xiv + 186

Chava Weissler

Norma Baumel Joseph, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1998); pp. xxvi + 270

David Assaf

Glenn Dynner, (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar, 1997); pp. 538

Sophia Kemlein

Jerzy Tomaszewski, (Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz Verlag, 1997); pp. 387 + 4

Leszek Ziątkowski

Marcin Wodzinski, (Wrocław: Wydawnictwo ‘Profil’, 1998); pp. 88 + 48

Naomi Seidman

Esther Frank, (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997); pp. x + 160

Olaf Bergmann

Szymon Rudnicki, (Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 1998); pp. 400

Helena Bodek

Joanna Rostropowicz Clarke, (Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1993); pp. iv + 156

Rafael F. Scharf

Sean Martin, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 1998); pp. xviii + 182

Michal Glowiński

Gilbert C. Rappaport, (Warsaw: OPEN, 1998); pp. 182

Irena F. Karafilly, Ashes and Miracles: A Polish Journey

Katarzyna Więcławska, (Toronto: Malcolm Lester Books, 1998); pp. viii + 296