Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 4-136
Email: eplach@wlu.ca

My research is in the area of modern Polish history with a specialization in the interwar period. My first book is entitled The Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935 (Ohio University Press, 2006). The book is a study of the May 1926 coup d’├ętat and the period of sanacja or “cleansing” which the post-May regime inaugurated in interwar Poland. Moving away from the strictly political focus that has dominated previous approaches to the coup, The Clash of Moral Nations explores instead the open-ended and malleable language of purification, rebirth and moral regeneration that the event introduced into discourses about Polish national identity.

I also work on aspects of Polish-Jewish history and have published two articles in the field: “Introducing Miss Judaea of 1929: The Politics of Beauty, Race and Zionist Nationalism in Interwar Poland”, Polin, vol. 20, November 2007; and “‘Boy in a Dress’: Feminism and Nationalism on the Pages of Ewa: A Weekly, 1928-1933″, Polin, vol. 18, November 2005.

I would be pleased to supervise students in any aspect of twentieth-century Polish or Polish-Jewish history.

For more information, please see my Laurier web page:
http://www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=567&ct_id=436&f_id=177