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[[File:Brykczynski-Primed-for-Violence-c.jpg|thumbnail|left|200px|<i>Primed for Violence</i> by Paul Brykzynski]]
After the Great War, instead of being divided between the Austro-Hungary, Germany and Russia, Poland emerged from the Treaty of Versailles as an independent nation. Despite being granted independence, Poland was immediately drawn into a series of border wars with the Soviet Union, Lithuania and the Ukraine. As Poland fought with neighbors to define its borders, it also sought to create a truly democratic state.
's new book <i>Primed for Violence : Murder, Antisemitism, and Democratic Politics in Interwar Poland</i> explores the efforts of the Polish people to create a new state after electing their first President, Gabriel Narutowicz.
<b>How did you become interested in writing about interbellum Poland?</b>
<b>How would you recommend using your book for a history class?</b>
Aside from helping understand the rise of nationalism and antisemitism in interwar Europe, the book can be used to get students to think about how the interplay between contingent events and structures determines historical outcomes. This is a very important question, which is often poorly theorized and understood. Finally, the book can serve as a cautionary tale about the power of hateful discourse to create violence, which in turn can further radicalize discursive structures. Today, this story seems relevant not only in the classroom but beyond it as well.