Synopses & Reviews
Poland only sporadically makes the headlines of the Anglo-Saxon world, and its history remains comparatively unknown. It has suffered the dubious distinction of being wiped off the political map in 1795, to be resurrected after the First World War, to suffer seeming annihilation during the Second World War, reduction to satellite status of the Soviet Union after 1945, only to emerge during the 1980s. It is presently a contender for membership in the European Union. The only general introduction to the politics of Polish history in English, The Concise History of Poland covers medieval times to the present. The authors describe how Polish society developed under foreign rule in the 19th century and how it was altered by and responded to 45 years of communism, and developments since its collapse. Primarily a political outline of Poland's turbulent and complex past, it traces the process of its rise and fall from the middle ages, from a dynastic realm to a remarkable constitutional experiment in multinational, consensual politics, embracing much of Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus. Jerzy Lukowski is Senior Lecturer in Modern History, School of Historical Studies, at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is also the author of, The Partitions of Poland (Addison Wesley, 1998), and Liberty's Folly (Routledge, 1991), and many journal articles. Herbert Zawadzki is Teacher of History at Abingodn School, in Abingdon, UK. He spent the first ten years of his life in various Polish resettlement camps across the length and breadth of Britain, eventually settling near Stratford-on-Avon. He has since traveled extensively in Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania. He has written for several journals and contributed to the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the former Soviet Union (1994).
"By any measure...Jerzy Lukowski and Hubert Zawadzki's Concise History of Poland is the best one-volume history of Poland available. In just under three hundred pages, the authors portray a Poland whose history is constantly being negotiated."
-Padraic Kenney, University of Colorado, The Journal of Modern History
The second edition of this guide to Poland has been updated to take account of the years from 1989-2005. This period marked its liberation from the Soviet Union, the birth of Poland's 'Third Republic' and, recently, its accession to the European Union in 2004. Poland's history has been marked by its resilience. Once a dominant force in central and eastern Europe and home to a remarkable experiment in consensual politics, it was excised from the map by its neighbours in 1795. Resurrected in 1918, partitioned afresh during the Second World War, it survived to become a satellite of the Soviet Union. Yet in the 1980s, it was Poland which blazed the trail in casting off communism, and was finally able to reassert its Christian heritage. With its updated bibliography and new chronology, the book is the ideal companion for all looking for a comprehensive survey of this fascinating country.
A brief, illustrated introduction to Polish history, from medieval times to the present day, this is the only short history of Poland available in English. The book also includes material on Poland's relations with Germany, Russia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, and with other neighbouring states.n
A brief, illustrated introduction to Polish history, from medieval times to the present day.
Updated and expanded second edition covering Polish history, from medieval times to the present day.
This second edition has been revised throughout and updated to include most recent developments from 1989-2005, notably Poland's accession to the European Union in 2004. The authors have also expanded and updated the bibliography, included new illustrative material, and added a chronology.
About the Author
Jerzy Lukowski is Reader in Polish History at the University of Birmingham. His publications include The Partitions of Poland 1772, 1793, 1795 (1999) and The European Nobility in the Eighteenth Century (2003)Hubert Zawadzki teaches history at Abingdon School. His publications include A Man of Honour: Adam Czartoryski as Statesman of Russia and Poland 1795-1831 (1993).
Table of Contents
Preface; Note on Polish pronunciation; List of illustrations; List of maps; Part I. Poland to 1795: 1. Piast Poland, ?-1385; 2. Jagiellonian Poland, 1385-1572; 3. The commonwealth of the two nations, 1572-1795; Part II. Poland after 1795: 4. Challenging the partitions, 1795-1864; 5. An era of transformation, 1864-1914; 6. Independence regained and lost, 1914-1945; 7. Communism and the Cold War, 1945-1989; 8. A new republic 1989-; Genealogical charts of Polish rulers; Lists of heads of state, presidents, communist party leaders, 1918-2000; Bibliography.