Upiór. Historia naturalna [Upiór. A Natural History]

Łukasz Kozak attempts to unearth the actual beliefs and lived experiences of people excluded from traditional historiography from the baggage of literary fiction, religious persecution, and academic prejudice, showing that fictional monsters were real people.   Polish folklore, especially its more esoteric and mystical parts, has been experiencing a massive revival of interest in recent…


A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland

After the introduction of martial law, the CIA launched a program to support the underground movement “Solidarity” with a budget of approximately $20 million. Throughout 1983-1990, money and specialized equipment flowed into Poland. In his book, Seth G. Jones pulls back the curtain on these sensational maneuvers. by Tomasz Kozłowski   The emergence of “Solidarity”…


Życie codzienne Polaków w Generalnym Gubernatorstwie w świetle ogłoszeń drobnych polskojęzycznej prasy niemieckiej [Poles’ daily life in the General Government in the light of classified ads of the Polish-language German press]

If you look into it carefully, the lens that is the classifieds of the time of the Nazi occupation, acquires bloody veins – as if it were not a tool made of cool glass, but a lens. by Wojciech Stanisławski   What can we do? We live. We live lives, which means we reside somewhere,…


Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe. East and West

For the new book by Katarzyna Kosior, Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe: East and West the author carefully studied ceremonial and quasi-ceremonial events (she does not specify, however, what she understands by the term “ceremonial”) in the lives of women who are to become queens in 16th-century France and Poland. The ways in…


Sojusz Piłsudski – Petlura. Dokumenty i materiały [Alliance of Pilsudski – Petlura. Documents and Archive Materials]

Many new studies on the political circumstances of the Polish-Bolshevik war have been published on the anniversary of that conflict. Usually, a hundred years will suffice to find and declassify most of the source documents that deserve publication (well, unless we’re dealing with Russian archives). And yet, Sojusz Piłsudski – Petlura. Dokumenty i materiały (Alliance…


Piłsudski (Un)known: History and Pop Culture

A brilliant strategist or a risk taker who was incurable but got lucky at a few key moments? A man of compromise, capable of coping with the greatest opponents when national interests demanded it, or an authoritative autocrat instead? A supporter of democracy, both radical and sincere, or a conservative at heart who readily found…


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