Poland

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Visit Poland, ancestral homeland of millions of Americans. Follow the ever-changing fate of the Polish state: from inception in 966, through kingdom and commonwealth status, through occupation and communism, to today's "Third Polish Republic." Learn of Poland's newest role as a full member of the European Union. Meet Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa, the Solidarity Union leader who challenged the communist authorities in the 1980s and became ...
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Overview

Visit Poland, ancestral homeland of millions of Americans. Follow the ever-changing fate of the Polish state: from inception in 966, through kingdom and commonwealth status, through occupation and communism, to today's "Third Polish Republic." Learn of Poland's newest role as a full member of the European Union. Meet Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa, the Solidarity Union leader who challenged the communist authorities in the 1980s and became president in 1990.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids planning reports will welcome this "Countries of the World" series with its abundance of information packed into an appealing format illustrated by the lively and well-reproduced color photos one would expect from National Geographic. Five sections cover geography, nature, history, people and culture, and government and economy, each highlighted by an appropriate map and sidebars with interesting, offbeat details. In Poland writers can learn about Poland's flat northern landscape, Baltic seacoast and spectacular southern peaks. Poland's distinctive ecology includes ancient forests and the only European bison (saved from extinction after WWII), while the history section whisks readers through the centuries with Polish kings, Lithuanian union and conquests by Austrians, Prussians, Nazis and Russian Communists. Some famous Poles are highlighted: Pope John Paul II and Chopin, though not 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska or composer Henryk Gorecki. With its strong Catholic culture and mostly Slavic population (98%), Poland is concentrating on re-establishing its identity while recently becoming a member of the European Union—its present goal is economic prosperity with a strong emphasis on restoring a polluted environment. After a brief look at political parties and Poland's new democratic government, kids will appreciate the extra features: a useful bibliography of books, inviting websites and National Geographic articles as well as some super suggestions for ways to add zest to a report on Poland. The back end papers reveal a timeline of Polish history. This attractive series will be fun for browsers and also offer a motivating push for reluctantreport-writers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302015
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Countries of the World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 803,302
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 9.81 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     4
Geography     7
Somewhere in the Middle
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: Poland's Waterway     13
Special Feature: An Accidental Desert     15
Nature     17
Ancient Nature
At a Glance     18
Varied Wildlife
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: Welcome Back Bison     21
Special Feature: An Unlikely Nature Reserve     23
Special Feature: Who Gives a Hoot?     25
History     27
Crossroads of Europe
At a Glance     28
Polish Rule
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: Underground City of Salt     31
Special Feature: Where Is the World?     32
Special Feature: September 11, 1683     33
Special Feature: The Home Army     35
Special Feature: Workers' Solidarity     36
People & Culture     39
A Catholic Culture
At a Glance     40
A Changing Population
Common Polish Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: Passion Plays     42
Special Feature: National Holidays     44
Special Feature: Chopin Polonaise     45
Special Feature:The City of Culture     46
Special Feature: Watching, Waiting, and Eating     47
Government & Economy     49
The European Dream
At a Glance     50
Dictators and Democracy
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     52
Special Feature Map: Industry     54
Special Feature: The Polish Pope     55
Special Feature: Lech Walesa     57
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography
Further Information     61
Index     62
Credits     64
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