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History of Poland

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  • The Other Prussiaby Karin Friedrich

    Cambridge University Press 2000; US$ 42.00

    A study of national identity in Royal Prussia - the 'other Prussia', part of the Polish state from 1454 to 1793. more...

  • Forgotten Landby Max Egremont

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99

    Until the end of World War II, East Prussia was the German empire?s farthest eastern redoubt, a thriving and beautiful land on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Now it lives only in history and in myth. Since 1945, the territory has been divided between Poland and Russia, stretching from the border between Russia and Lithuania in the east... more...

  • Wojtek the Bear [paperback]by Aileen Orr

    Birlinn 2012; US$ 10.14

    This is the inspiring true story of one of the Second World War?s most unusual combatants – a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking brown bear. Originally adopted as a mascot by the Polish Army in Iran, Wojtek soon took on a more practical role, carrying heavy mortar rounds for the troops and going on to play his part as a fully enlisted ‘soldier?... more...

  • Uprootedby Gregor Thum

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 37.50

    With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference following the Allied victory in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. Its more than six hundred thousand inhabitants--almost all of them ethnic Germans--were expelled and replaced by Polish settlers from all parts of prewar Poland. Uprooted examines... more...

  • A Warsaw Diary. 1978-1981by Kazimierz Brandys

    Random House 2013; US$ 14.26

    Over the past few years innumerable books have been written about contemporary Poland; yet even the best of them have been essentially journalistic works, written by sympathetic outsiders and doomed to be quickly overtaken by events. A Warsaw Diary is a very different kind of book: subtle, profound, a work of outstanding - and permanent - literary... more...

  • The Birth of a Stereotypeby Andrzej Pleszczynski

    BRILL 2011; US$ 182.00

    In early Medieval Western Europe intellectuals were used to indicate the external location of Slavic countries, as though outside civilization, with the term the North. The problem did not only concern nomenclature. The stereotype associated with the North pointed at the obvious cold weather, but also the primeval nature of the land and people. This... more...

  • Polenby Brigitte Jäger-Dabek

    Ch. Links Verlag 2012; US$ 11.42

    Hauptbeschreibung Das Verhältnis zwischen Polen und Deutschen müsste eigentlich eng und herzlich sein - aus Berlin kommend überquert der Besucher nach nur einer Autostunde die Oder. Doch beiderseits der ehemaligen Friedensgrenze halten sich hartnäckig Klischees über die Nachbarn, an denen auch der EU-Beitritt Polens im Jahr 2004 kaum etwas geändert... more...

  • Warsawby David Crowley

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 27.00

    Warsaw has an unenviable reputation in the minds of many: often invoked as the epitome of the brutal environment produced by Soviet aesthetics and planning, its name conjures up a grey, faceless world of tower blocks and Orwellian governmental buildings; its image ? perhaps more so than that of any other city in the former Soviet block ? inextricably... more...

  • Between the Brown and the Redby Mikolaj Stanislaw Kunicki

    Ohio University Press 2012; US$ 35.99

    Between the Brown and the Red captures the multifaceted nature of church-state relations in communist Poland, relations that oscillated between mutual confrontation, accommodation, and dialogue. Ironically, under communism the bond between religion and nation in Poland grew stronger. This happened in spite of the fact that the government deployed... more...

  • Rome?s Most Faithful Daughterby Neal Pease

    Ohio University Press 2009; US$ 21.99

    When an independent Poland reappeared on the map of Europe after World War I, it was widely regarded as the most Catholic country on the continent, as ?Rome?s Most Faithful Daughter.? All the same, the relations of the Second Polish Republic with the Church?both its representatives inside the country and the Holy See itself?proved far more difficult... more...