Regionalism and border regions in modern Europe

The case of Upper Silesia in context


  • Philipp Ther


Border regions are a widely studied research topic these days. As 'lands in between', the people living were caught between two or more competing national movements and/or nation states. In this article the author explores the political and social dimensions of regional identification. Moreover, he shows through the example of Upper Silesia how the population of the borderlands had to find various strategies to cope with the homogenising pressure of nation states and national movements.

An earlier version of this article was published in:O. Bartov & E.D. Weitz (eds.), Shatterzone of empires. Coexistence and violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman borderlands (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013).

Author Biography

Philipp Ther

Philipp Ther (1967) is professor of Central European History at the University of Vienna. He has published several books about nationalism, minority issues and regionalism, among them Die dunkle Seite der Nationalstaaten. 'Ethnische Sberungen' im modernen Europa (Gtingen, 2011) [Polish 2012, English 2014]; with H. Sundhaussen (eds.), Regionale Bewegungen und Regionalismen in europschen Zwischenrmen seit der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts (Marburg, 2003).



How to Cite

Ther, P. (2018). Regionalism and border regions in modern Europe: The case of Upper Silesia in context. Studies on National Movements (SNM), 1, 17-49. Retrieved from