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Posted December 28, 2006
In her comprehensive work ¿Poland¿ Alicja Deck-Partyka introduces the reader to the heart of Poland¿s culture, people, and history. The book covers the history, from the end of the Neolithic Age to the Independent and Democratic Poland instituted in 1990. The author has detailed the country¿s tumultuous past. Poland is a country between the East and the West of Europe. All the hostilities in Europe have had an impact on Poland, killing people and destroying the country. The author describes all the significant events in Polish history, the wars, the battles, and their subsequent recovery. The book 'Poland¿ is an enormous work, and an excellent guide to gain a better understanding of this heroic country. The book is well written. The author has done thorough and her extensive research is well documented. The book is divided into five sections: History, geography, government, economy, and culture. Written with both breadth and depth the reader gets a wide ranged panoramic view of Poland¿s rich history and people. Poland has an abundance of natural resources, numerous National Parks, and a diversity of wildlife. Deck-Partyka covered the frequent changes in government and the impact these modifications have had on Poland¿s economy. I was enthralled with the section on Polish culture with detailed descriptions of their traditions and customs. A chapter dedicated to 'Polish Proverbs' captured some unique wisdom: The fine arts, museums, sports, folklore, religion, holidays, social and business etiquette, women¿s issues, and architecture are among other interesting topics covered by the author.
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