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…


Facts and myths of Polish Eastern policy during the breakthrough period

The history of Polish transformation and the first years of the Third Republic of Poland never ceases to attract the attention of academics. Paweł Kowal, a well-known expert, researcher and politician (currently a member of the Sejm and earlier, among other positions, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs) has also turned his attention to the…


Antykomunistycznego podziemia portret zbiorowy 1945-1956 [Portrait of an anti-communist resistance in post-war Poland]

Anti-communist resistance in post-war Poland remains a widely debated subject of contemporary Polish historiography and politics of memory. Despite the growing number of publications dedicated to the anti-communist partisans and the lip-service paid to their commemoration, we still know very little about the subjective experience of their struggle. The new book by Mariusz Mazur aims…


Ludowa historia Polski [A People's History of Poland]

Adam Leszczyński’s book has not been in any way distinguished so far – it was published only three months ago. One can be sure, however, that Ludowa historia Polski (A People’s History of Poland) is destined to be among the historical works most often reviewed and recommended – or criticized, in recent years. It certainly…


Józef Beck. Biografia [Józef Beck. Biography]

In historiography, he is usually shown as a politician and diplomat. He himself felt most of all a soldier who on Piłsudski’s orders assumed responsibility for Poland’s foreign policy. Unlike Piłsudski, Józef Beck lost the most important battle – for the historical memory of his countrymen. Will this book by Marek Kornat and Mariusz Wołos…


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