THE IMAGE OF POLAND AND POLES IN ITALY BEFORE POLAND'S ACCESSION TO THE EU. SOME REMARKS BASED ON EXPERTS' OPINIONS
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The article is based on field research regarding the perception of Poland and Poles in the Italian society, carried out in Italy a few months before Poland's entrance into the European Union. It should be considered as a short and general-frame report being only a small part of a wider research (including press content analysis, semi-structured questionnaires and in-depth interviews). In this short report there is no theoretical and methodological depth, since it tends to be only a general research results presentation. There are some experts, specialist in Polish issues, to present their opinions about the image of Poland and Polish people in Italy and its transformations during the last decades. Italian and Polish specialists raised some interesting questions concerning the perception of Poland and Poles in the Italian-Polish contacts context. Among topics examined during the research there are: the most recognized in Italy events of Polish history and politics; the person of the Polish Pope; the transformation of the stereotype of Poles in Italy, the interest towards Poland in the Italian university's background, the knowledge of Polish culture in Italy.
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