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A Concise History of Poland

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: July 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521618571

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  • 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.

    • Clear and accessible guide to Polish history, designed for use by the student or traveller
    • Explores the little-known history of Poland from medieval times through its temporary extinction from the European map in 1795 up to the present day
    • This updated and expanded second edition includes new images and an additional chapter on Poland since 1989
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521618571
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 14 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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, 1914–45
    7. Communism and the Cold War, 1945–89
    8. A new republic 1989–
    Genealogical charts of Polish rulers
    Lists of heads of state, presidents, communist party leaders, 1918–2000

  • Authors

    Jerzy Lukowski, University of Birmingham
    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, Abingdon School
    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).

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