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The Kashubs: Past and Present

Past and Present

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Edited By Cezary Obracht-Prondzynski and Tomasz Wicherkiewicz

The Kashubs, a regional autochthonous group inhabiting northern Poland, represent one of the most dynamic ethnic groups in Europe. As a community, they have undergone significant political, social, economic and cultural change over the last hundred years. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Kashubs were citizens of Germany. In the period between the two World Wars they were divided between three political entities: the Republic of Poland, the Free City of Danzig and Germany. During the Second World War, many Kashubs were murdered, and communist Poland subsequently tried to destroy the social ties that bound the community together. The year 1989 finally brought about a democratic breakthrough, at which point the Kashubs became actively engaged in the construction of their regional identity, with the Kashubian language performing a particularly important role.
This volume is the first scholarly monograph on the history, culture and language of the Kashubs to be published in English since 1935. The book systematically explores the most important aspects of Kashubian identity – national, regional, linguistic, cultural and religious – from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

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Absalon, bishop 11 Abraham, Antoni 202, 203 Academia Baltica in Lübeck 205 Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg 33, 96 Academy of Professional Education 246 Academy of Vocational Training in Gdańsk 170 accent mark 91 access to the sea 55, 118, 243 accordionist 201 accusative 76, 91 Act on the Polish Language 147 Act on the System of Education 147, 154, 170 Acta Cassubiana, yearly 174 Adalbert, bishop see Wojciech additional language see supporting language administration 21, 25, 27, 55, 59, 62, 71, 147–8, 153, 158, 165–6, 192, 223, 225 administrative authorities 158, 165 af fix also suf fix 92 agitation 40 agriculture also farming 41, 47 Akcja Wyborcza Solidarność, political party 223 Albrecht, Dietmar 8, 144, 205, 217 Alliance of Liutizians 11 alphabet 76, 81, 95, 112 Alt Kolziglow see Kolczygłowy America 43, 48, 50, 115, 176, 204, 211, 251, 255 Amsterdam 24 anthem 57, 72, 114, 212, 247 anthropology 1, 2, 130, 131 Anton, Karl Gottlob 93 apostasy 36 Aragonese 160 Archaeological Festival in Leśno 202 archaeology 53, 202 archaism 103–4, 120 archbishop 86, 219 Archdeaconry of Gdańsk and Pomera- nia 12, 39 Archdeaconry of Słupsk 12 Archiepiscopate of Gniezno 12 architecture 24, 51, 175 archive 23, 28 Arendt, Aleksander 71 aristocracy 17, 34, 40 arithmetic 27 Arkona 11, 237 Armenian(s) 146, 150, 151, 153, 157 army 12, 20, 24–6, 55, 58, 64, 66–8, 117, 238, 242, 244 artist 57, 62, 84–8, 119, 121–6,...

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