The Case of Roman Dmowski (Beginnings: 1886–1905)
Chapter One: The Birth of A Generation
| 31 →
Chapter One The Birth of A Generation
Rebellion at School
Self-study groups – one of the more important, even key experiences of the generation of people Bohdan Cywiński dubbed ‘the rebels’ – were born at the turn of the 1870s and 1880s. For the whole generation of political campaigners at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Russian Partition, the experience of going to a Russian school was significant. In fact, it was the atmosphere in a Russian school of the time that allowed many radical personalities, ‘people/deviants’, as Florian Znaniecki later called them, to emerge. The young people’s generational rebellion – colliding with imposed Russification – rapidly assumed the form of a patriotic revolt.
This happened in one of Warsaw’s best secondary schools: State Grammar School No. 3. This school’s case was an interesting one for a great many reasons. In the second half of the 19th century, a cohort of people, later to become famous and active in public life, passed their school years here. This establishment, where a number of energetic Russifying campaigners were to be found, might have served the authorities as a convenient laboratory of the new order. The school eventually found a distinguished chronicler in Stanisław Czekanowski, later a well-known campaigner for the gentry. His account is one of the most wide-reaching reports on the political crisis among young people at that time.1
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.