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dc.contributor.authorKamusella, Tomasz
dc.identifier.citationKamusella , T 2019 , ' The new Polish Cyrillic in independent Belarus ' , Colloquia Humanistica , vol. 8 , pp. 79-112 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 263762421
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3484-8352/work/65345555
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85075682347
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dc.description.abstractAfter the fall of communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union, the religious life of the Roman Catholic community revived in independent Belarus. The country’s Catholics are concentrated in western Belarus, which prior to World War II was part of Poland. In 1991 in Hrodna (Horadnia, Grodno) Region, the Diocese of Hrodna was established. Slightly over half of the region’s population are Catholics and many identify as ethnic Poles. Following the ban on the official use of Polish in postwar Soviet Belarus, the aforementioned region’s population gained an education in Belarusian and Russian, as channeled through the Cyrillic alphabet. Hence, following the 1991 independence of Belarus, the population’s knowledge of the Latin alphabet was none, or minimal. For the sake of providing the faithful with Polish-language religious material that would be of some practical use, the diocesan authorities decided to publish some Polish-language prayer books, but printed in the Russian-style Cyrillic. This currently widespread use of Cyrillic-based Polish-language publications in Belarus remains unknown outside the country, either in Poland or elsewhere in Europe.
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dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2019. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL License (, which permits redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, provided that the article is properly cited.en
dc.subjectPolish languageen
dc.subjectPolish Cyrillicen
dc.subjectPolitics of scripten
dc.subjectRoman Catholicismen
dc.subjectReligious booksen
dc.subjectRussian languageen
dc.subjectRussian Cyrillicen
dc.subjectDK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republicsen
dc.subjectPG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literatureen
dc.titleThe new Polish Cyrillic in independent Belarusen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Institute for Transnational & Spatial Historyen
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