Regionalism and border regions in modern Europe
The case of Upper Silesia in context
Border regions are a widely studied research topic these days. As 'lands in between', the people living were caught between two or more competing national movements and/or nation states. In this article the author explores the political and social dimensions of regional identification. Moreover, he shows through the example of Upper Silesia how the population of the borderlands had to find various strategies to cope with the homogenising pressure of nation states and national movements.
An earlier version of this article was published in:O. Bartov & E.D. Weitz (eds.), Shatterzone of empires. Coexistence and violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman borderlands (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013).
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