1st Edition

History as Performance
Political Movements in Galicia Around 1900

ISBN 9780367545710
Published September 7, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This study analyzes history as performance: as the interaction of actors, plays, stages and enactments. By this, it examines women’s politics in Habsburg Galicia around 1900: a Polish woman active in the peasant movement, a Ukrainian feminist, and a Jewish Zionist. It shows how the movements constructed essentialistically regarded collectives, experience as a medially comprehensible form of credibility, and a historically based inevitability of change, and legitimized participation and intervention through social policy and educational practices. Traits shared by the movements included the claim to interpretive sovereignty, the ritualization of participation, and the establishment of truths about past and future.

Table of Contents


Arenas: Politics in Galicia

Tools: Performance, performativity, ritual, and space

Rules: Research contexts

Strategies: Approaches

1. Finding Roles: The Participants

Heroic narrating, or: Maria Wysłouchowa and love

Dramatic directing, or Natalja Kobryns’ka and books

Theatrical enacting, or: Rosa Pomeranz and charisma

2. Propagating: The Plays

Writing collectives into existence

Composing experience

Enacting history

3. Organizing: The Stages

Ritualizing education

Rehearsing nation

Designing society

4. Mobilizing: The Enactments

Recitations about role models

Monologues about competition

Dialogues about practice


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Dietlind Hüchtker is Professor for Historical Transregional Studies at Vienna University.