The missing Second World: on Poland and postcolonial studies
AbstractThis essay aims to place Poland in the field of postcolonial studies. Its point of departure is the problematic place of the so-called Second World within the field of postcolonial studies: as a region which is for the most part absent from it, but which can be considered both in terms of being a victim and perpetrator, or at least as complicit in the system of global colonialism. This comes from the region’s semi-peripheral position, which locks it between aspirations of joining the core – the First World – and fear of falling to the peripheral position of the Third World. Poland, an example of a Second World country, is also implicated in the European system of colonialism and imperialism in a number of ways. It can be considered a victim of its neighbours’ (Germany and Russia/the USSR) imperialism, and mechanisms of orientalization and “othering” coming from Western Europe. However, it can also be considered a colonizer in its own Eastern borderlands, and complicit in European overseas expansion as a nation sharing in the European “colonial mind”, reproducing its hierarchies and stereotypes, for example in literature and science.
|Journal series||Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, (A 25 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.3|
|Keywords in English||Complicity, Maritime and Colonial League, Poland, postcolonial studies, Second World, semi-periphery|
|Score|| = 25.0, 18-07-2019, ArticleFromJournal|
= 25.0, 18-07-2019, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||: 2017 = 0.406; : 2017 = 0.235 (2) - 2017=0.342 (5)|
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