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Jaroslaw Kuisz, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer of Law, journalist

Universität Warschau

Born in 1976 in Warsaw
Studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Warsaw


The End of the Occupation Mentality: Selected Aspects of the Political, Legal and Cultural History of Poland Since 1989

For the first time in two centuries, a generation of Poles was born and came of age in an independent country. This fact, which has not yet been fully appreciated, has enormous consequences for Polish culture and politics. Moreover, the myth of the West as the Promised Land, which reigned in Poland's social imagination in the post-communist period after 1989, has faded. The future of politics in Poland, therefore, is radically undetermined, which made the victory of illiberal populists possible. In my project, I would like to examine various aspects of the end of the occupation mentality in Poland.

Recommended Reading

Kuisz, Jaroslaw. "The Two Faces of European Disillusionment: An End to Myths About the West and the East." Eurozine (April 1, 2019).
-. "Against Liberal Defeatism." The New York Times (December 30, 2018), with Karolina Wigura.
-. Legal Aspects of the August Agreements in Poland (1980-1981). Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Trio, 2009 (in Polish).

Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Kuisz, Jaroslaw ( [s.l.], 2019)
The two faces of European disillusionment : an end to myths about the West and the East

Kuisz, Jaroslaw ( Berlin, 2016)
Ende eines Mythos : Polen, Ostmitteleuropa und das Bild vom Westen