The Minority Question in Poland: Past and Present [podcast]

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Tomasz Kamusella. 2021 [podcast.]. The Minority Question in Poland: Past and Present. BASEES.

"Eastern Europe's Minorities in a Century of Change", a podcast series on the history of minorities and minority experiences in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe prepared by the BASEES Study Group for Minority History to mark the Institute for Historical Research’s centenary

In this episode, Tomasz Kamusella, Reader in European History at the University of St Andrews, talks to us about the national and minority questions in modern Poland. Focusing on Poland’s language and minority policies from 1918, Tomasz considers how Polish nationalism came to define the ethnic make-up of interwar Poland and keeps shaping a particular idea of the country as an ethnically homogeneous nation-state. Tomasz discusses language politics, both in Poland and Central Europe in general, to show how national activists and politicians constructed languages and minorities in this region.

Tomasz Kamusella, Words in Space and Time. A Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe (CEU Press, 2021)
Period22 Oct 2021
Event titleBASEES Podcasts
Event typeOther
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Poland
  • nationalism
  • minorities
  • minority rights
  • Minority rights protection