'Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of liberation.'
Justify the above statement in light of the Nationalist Movement in Poland, Europe.
Answer to be written in exam
- Language played an important role in developing nationalist sentiments in Europe.
- After the Russian occupation, the Polish language was forced out of schools and the Russian language was imposed everywhere.
- In 1831, an armed rebellion against Russian rule took place which was ultimately crushed. As a result, many members of the clergy in Poland began to use language as a weapon of national resistance.
- Polish was used for Church gatherings and all religious instruction .
- As a result, a large number of priests and bishops were put in jail or sent to Siberia by the Russian authorities as punishment for refusing to preach in Russian .
- Polish came to be seen as a symbol of the struggle against Russian dominance.
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