Populism in Poland - D55 30400
|D55 30400||12 hours|
The 2015 elections installed a populist government in Poland that aimed to put the needs of ordinary people above goals of so-called elites and to restore national and Catholic values by reducing the impact of the European Union. It also accused former Solidarity leaders such as Lech Walesa of complicity with Communist authorities. In many ways, the current Polish government anticipated the themes of Brexit and Donald Trump. This course will examine the historical roots of Polish Populism over the past 500 years along with its antithesis - secular Europeanization. It will cover the struggle over the kind of modernity that Poles wanted in the period from the late 19th century to the present.