A Traveller's History of Poland

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Poland is a major European country with over 38 million inhabitants and a land area comparable to Spain. It has played a major role in European history but its subjugation by foreign powers in the nineteenth century and during the Cold War eclipsed Poland in the minds of many in Western Europe and the United States. Throughout its long and diverse history it has been a meeting place of many cultures and has given the world the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, the music of Chopin, and the scientific discoveries of ...

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Overview

Poland is a major European country with over 38 million inhabitants and a land area comparable to Spain. It has played a major role in European history but its subjugation by foreign powers in the nineteenth century and during the Cold War eclipsed Poland in the minds of many in Western Europe and the United States. Throughout its long and diverse history it has been a meeting place of many cultures and has given the world the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, the music of Chopin, and the scientific discoveries of Copernicus and Marie Curie, to name but a few. In A Traveller's History of Poland, John Radzilowski vividly describes the beginnings of the country, first fragmented then reborn to overcome the aggression of the Teutonic Knights and its greedy neighbors. Poland enjoyed a Golden Age in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries but a gradual decline then led to Poland losing its autonomy despite winning many battles with its army's legendary military skill and gallantry. Yet the spirit of the country and its people lived on. Since the horrors of the Second World War and Soviet control, Poland has gradually regained its rightful place in Europe, joining NATO in 1989 and in May 2004, the EU. It is playing a new role on the European and international stage. This makes now an ideal time to introduce students and travellers to Poland and its complex history through the pages of this Traveller's History. The book includes a full chronology, a list of monarchs and rulers, a gazetteer, historical maps and is fully illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566566551
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Traveller's History Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 279,021
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Early Poland, Origins to 1138     6
From Fragmentation to Rebirth, 1138-1333     33
From Wood to Stone, 1333-1466     51
The Golden Age, 1466-1576     75
The Silver Age and the End of the Commonwealth, 1576-1795     96
The Long Nineteenth Century, 1795-1914     137
Rebirth, 1914-39     160
War, Occupation and the Holocaust, 1939-46     189
'People's Poland,' 1946-78     229
The Age of John Paul II, 1978-2005     241
Chronology of Major Events     259
Polish Rulers     267
Sources on Polish History in English     270
Historical Gazetteer     275
Index     285
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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Excellent Source of Information

    This book is not only easy to read, it's well researched. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to either better understand the Polish psyche, or travel Poland and understand a little more about the history. Written from the perspective of a Polish citizen, the book is still unbiased and is written in a clear and concise manner without propaganda or unabashed tourism promotion. The author creates a simple, easy to read, and well-paced overview of Polish history, culture, trade, and politics. Poland is overlooked and underestimated, but it's important to understand that the country (and the people who inhabit Poland and its surrounding nations) has an ancient, complex, and vibrant history; this book documents that history well, and expounds when necessary without frills. If you seek to gain a true understanding of modern Poland, both the people and culture, and political climate, this book is a great starting point.

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