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Polish History

Reading List (compiled by John Radzilowski)

Atlases, Maps   Early and Medieval Poland
General Histories   Renaissance and Early Modern Poland
Historiographies   The Partition Era
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Atlases, Maps   Top of Page

Brzosko, Wojciech, et al., eds. Rzeczpospolita, Mapa 1770r.; Rzeczpospolita Polska, Mapa 1934r.; Rzeczpospolita Polska, Mapa 1992r. Warsaw, Polkart, 1992 (series of three maps)

Magosci, Robert Paul. Historical Atlas of East Central Europe. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993.

Pogonowski, Iwo Cyprian. Poland: A Historical Atlas. New York: Hippocrene, 1987.


General Histories   Top of Page

Braun, Jerzy, ed. Poland in Christian Civilization, London: Veritas, 1985.

Davies, Norman. God's Playground: A History of Poland, 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.
(In Polish: Boze Igrzysko, Krakow: Znak, 1989).

----. Heart of Europe: A Short History of Poland. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Halecki, Oskar. A History of Poland. New York: Roy Publishers, 1942. (Reprinted many times since then.)

Kieniewicz, Stefan et al., History of Poland, Warsaw: PWN, 1979.

Reddaway, William et al., eds. The Cambridge History of Poland, 2 vols. New York: Octagon Books, 1971.

Roos, Hans. A History of Modern Poland: From the Foundation of the State in the First World War to the Present Day. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1966.

Topolski, Jerzy. An Outline History of Poland. Warsaw: Interpress, 1986.

Wandycz, Piotr. The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. London: Routledge, 1992.

Wyrozumski, Jerzy, Jozef Andrzej Gierowski and Jozef Buszko. Historia Polski. Warsaw: PWN, 1978.

Zamoyski, Adam. The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and their Culture. New York: Franklin Watts, 1987.


Historiography   Top of Page

Bromke, Adam. The Meaning and Uses of Polish History. Boulder: East European Monographs, 1987.

Shelton, Anna Krystyna. The Democratic Idea in Polish History and Historiography: Franciszek Bujak (1875-1953), Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1989.

Walicki, Andrzej. "National Messianism and the Historical Controversies in the Polish Thought of 1831-1848," in Culture and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe, Roland Sussex and J. C. Eade, eds., Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, 1983, 128-42.

----. Philosophy and Romantic Nationalism: The Case of Poland, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982.

Wandycz, Piotr S. "Historiography of the Countries of Eastern Europe: Poland," American Historical Review 97, no. 4 (October 1992): 1011-25.


Early and Medieval Poland   Top of Page

Bogucki, Peter I. "The Earliest Polish Farmers: Results of Recent Research," The Polish Review 31, no. 2-3 (1986): 113-26.

Dolukhanov, Pavel M. The Early Slavs: Eastern Europe from the Initial Settlement to Kievan Rus. London: Longman, 1996.

Gimbutas, Marija. The Slavs. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Halecki, Oskar. Jadwiga of Anjou and the Rise of East Central Europe. New York: Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, 1991.

Jasienica, Pawel. Jagiellonian Poland. Miami: American Institute of Polish Culture, 1978.

----. Piast Poland. Miami: American Institute of Polish Culture, 1985.

Jazdzewski, Konrad. Ancient Peoples and Places: Poland. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1965.

Manteuffel, Tadeusz. The Formation of the Polish State: The Period of Ducal Rule, 963-1194. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1982.

Schenker, Alexander M. The Dawn of Slavic: An Introduction to Slavic Philology. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Sedlar, Jean W. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Szczesniak, Boleslaw B. The Knights Hospitallers in Poland and Lithuania. The Hague: Mouton, 1969.

Szymanski, Jozef. Herbarz Sredniowiecznego Rycerstwa Polskiego [Heraldry of the Medieval Polish Knighthood]. Warsaw: PWN, 1993.


Renaissance and Early Modern Poland to 1795   Top of Page

Bogucka, Maria. "Gesture, Ritual, and Social Order in Sixteenth- to Eighteenth- Century Poland," in A Cultural History of Gesture, Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg, eds. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1991), 190- 209.

Davies, Norman. "Sobieski's Legacy: Polish History 1683-1983," M. B. Grabowski Memorial Lecture, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, London: Orbis Books, 1985. Together with letters from King John III Sobieski to his Queen sent during the 1683 campaign.

Fedorowicz, J. K., ed. A Republic of Nobles: Studies in Polish History to 1864, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Fiszman, Samuel, ed. The Polish Renaissance in Its European Context. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.

Kot, Stanislaw. Socinianism in Poland: The Social and Political Ideas of the Polish Anti-Trinitarians. Boston: Starr King Press, 1957.

Kuchowicz, Zbigniew. Obyczaje i postacie Polski szlacheckiej XVI-XVIII wieku [The Customs and Character of the Polish Szlachta in the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries], Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Polonia, 1993.

Lukowski, Jerzy. Liberty's Folly: The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Eighteenth Century, 1697-1795, London: Routledge, 1991.

Levine, Hillel. The Economic Origins of Anti-Semitism: Poland and Its Jews in the Early Modern Period. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Maczak, A. et al., eds. East-Central Europe in Transition: From the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Swiecicka, Maria A. J., ed. and trans. The Memoirs of Jan Chryzostom z Goslawic Pasek. New York: Kosciuszko Foundation, 1987.

Tazbir, Janusz. A State without Stakes: Polish Religious Toleration in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1973.


The Partition Era   Top of Page

Beauvois, Daniel. The Noble, the Serf, and the Revizor: The Polish Nobility between Tsarist Imperialism and the Ukrainian Masses (1831-1863). Chur, Switz.: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1991.

Blobaum, Robert E. Rewolucja: Russian Poland, 1904-1907. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Brock, Peter. Polish Revolutionary Populism: A Study in Agrarian Socialist Thought from the 1830s to the 1850s. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977.

Hagen, William W. Germans, Poles, and Jews: The Nationality Conflict in the Prussian East, 1772-1914. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Kieniewicz, Stefan. The Emancipation of the Polish Peasantry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969.

Leslie, R. F. Polish Politics and the Revolution of November 1830. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1969.

----. Reform and Insurrection in Russian Poland, 1856-1865. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1969.

Klimaszewski, Boleslaw, ed. Outline History of Polish Culture, Warsaw: Interpress, 1984.

Lojek, Jerzy. Geneza i Obalenie Konstytucji 3 Maja: Polityka Zagraniczna Rzeczypospolitej, 1787-1792 [The Origins and Overthrow of the Constitution of the 3d of May: The Political Limits of the Polish Republic, 1787-1792], Lublin: Wydawnictwo Lubelskie, 1986.

Lewis, Richard D. "Revolution in the Countryside: Russian Poland, 1905-1906," The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 506, University of Pittsburgh, 1986.

Magocsi, Paul Robert. Galicia: A Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983.

Markovits, Andrei S. and Frank E. Sysyn, eds. Nationbuilding and Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Olszer, Krystyna M., ed. For Your Freedom and Ours: The Polish Progressive Spirit from the 14th century to the Present, 2d ed. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1981.

Szyndler, Bartlomiej. Powstanie Kosciuszkowskie, 1794, Warsaw: Ancher, 1994.

Wandycz, Piotr. Lands of Partitioned Poland, 1795-1918. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975.

Zawadzki, W. H., A Man of Honour: Adam Czartoryski as a Statesman of Russia and Poland, 1795-1831, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.


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