Postcolonial studies vs. the 'Second World'. German national-colonial constructions of 19th century
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This article aims at confirming a thesis concerning adequacy between the First World's colonial culture, with regards to its off-European areas of domination, and the imperial policies of Central/Eastern European powers with respect to minor countries or ethnic-cultural communities absorbed by those large state organisms. The discussion specifically concerns the relations between Germany (i.e. German states and, later, the German Empire) and Poland (the Poles), and, eastern borderland of Prussia, in 19th century. The following issues are focal: (1) the relation between national constructions and the colonial project in the German-language public space of 18th to 20th centuries; (2) a post-colonial deconstruction of the 'Polish space' in the German literature of 19th c.; (3) analysis of Polish responses to the colonisation of 'Polishness' in the second half of 19th c.
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