A Concise History of Poland / Edition 2

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Poland is a country which sporadically hits the headlines of the Anglo-Saxon world. It has suffered the dubious distinction of being wiped off the political map in 1795, to be resurrected after the First World War, only to suffer apparent annihilation during the Second and reduction to satellite status of the Soviet Union, to emerge in the van of resistance to Soviet domination during the 1980s. Yet the history of Poland remains comparatively little known. This book offers a primarily political outline of its turbulent and complex past, from medieval times to the present day, and is the only brief history of the country available in English.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By any measure...Jerzy Lukowski and Hubert Zawadzki's Concise History of Poland is the best one-volume history of Poland available. In just under three hundred pages, the authors portray a Poland whose history is constantly being negotiated."
-Padraic Kenney, University of Colorado, The Journal of Modern History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521618571
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Concise Histories Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 824,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerzy Lukowski is Reader in Polish History at the University of Birmingham. His publications include The Partitions of Poland 1772, 1793, 1795 (1999) and The European Nobility in the Eighteenth Century (2003)

Hubert Zawadzki teaches history at Abingdon School. His publications include A Man of Honour: Adam Czartoryski as Statesman of Russia and Poland 1795–1831 (1993).

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Table of Contents

1 Piast Poland, ?-1385 3
2 Jagiellonian Poland, 1386-1572 38
3 The commonwealth of the two nations, 1572-1795 83
4 Challenging the partitions, 1795-1864 135
5 An era of transformation, 1864-1914 182
6 Independence regained and lost, 1914-1945 217
7 Communism and the Cold War, 1945-1989 281
8 A new republic, 1989- 319
Genealogical charts of Polish rulers
I The Piast dynasty 341
II The Jagiellonian dynasty 342
III Elective rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth 343
IV Rulers of the partitioned Polish territories 344
List of heads of state, presidents, Communist party leaders (1918-2005) 345
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