Publications

Bloodlands. Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

From the author of the international bestseller On Tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler’s and Stalin’s politics of mass killing, explaining why Ukraine has been at the center of Western history for the last century. Americans call the Second World War “the Good War.” But before it even began, America’s ally Stalin had killed millions...

The Polish Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

The book is a study of an eighteenth-century portrait of a youth in Polish dress, owned by the National Portrait Gallery in London since 1922, but never publicly displayed. Two inscriptions claim that it is a portrait of Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. The Gallery has always doubted its authenticity and...

Confronting Napoleon: Levin von Bennigsen’s Memoir of the Campaign in Poland, 1806-1807

Translated for the first time into English, this memoir offers unique insights into the epic confrontation between the French and Russians in Poland during the winter of 1806-1807, including the terrible carnage at Eylau and the disastrous battle at Friedland that paved the way for Napoleon’s supremacy in Europe. A Hanoverian by birth, General Levin...

A History of Polish Theatre

Poland is celebrated internationally for its rich and varied performance traditions and theatre histories. This groundbreaking volume is the first in English to engage with these topics across an ambitious scope, incorporating Staropolska, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Enlightenment and Romanticism within its broad ambit. The book also discusses theatre cultures under socialism, the emergence of...

KOR: A History of the Workers' Defense Committee in Poland 1976–1981

The signing of the Gdansk Agreements in August 1980 signaled the birth of the Solidarity independent trae union movement. The sixteen months that followed until the December 1981 declaration of martial law remain one of the most fascinating chapter in the history of communist states. But the events of August 1980 did not materialize from...

The Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto

Based on years of archival research, The Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto is the most detailed study ever undertaken into the fate of more than 800 Jewish doctors who devoted themselves, in many cases until the day they died, to the care of the sick and the dying in the Ghetto. The functioning of the...

Composing Myself and Other Texts: Collected Writings

Sir Andrzej Panufnik used to say that he communicated in music, not words. But his literary legacy is substantial, as this book demonstrates. Its major element is Composing Myself, the autobiography he wrote in 1985, long since a collector’s item and here republished in a fully annotated new edition. It provides a graphic account of...

The Secrets of Station 14

Briggens House, near Harlow in Essex, was one of the most important of the establishments requisitioned by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. Its mission was to accomplish Winston Churchill’s directive to ‘set Europe ablaze’, and, initially, the house was used as a finishing school for the Cichociemni, elite Polish saboteurs,...

The Ładoś List

During the Second World War, an unofficial group of Polish diplomats from the Polish Legation in Bern, led by that country’s envoy to Switzerland Aleksander Ładoś, cooperated with representatives of Jewish organizations to rescue Europe’s Jews. From at least the beginning of 1941 until the end of 1943, the members illegally purchased and issued passports...
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