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A list of key readings about History of Poland.
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  • Library of Congress. A Country Study: Poland (1993), highly detailed factual report by U.S. government (it is in the public domain, with no copyright) online edition
  • Poland (Eyewitness Travel Guides by DK Publishing) (2007)
  • Parkinson, Tom, Richard Watkins, and Neil Wilson. Lonely Planet Poland (2005) online excerpt and search from Amazon.com
  • Podgórecki, Adam. Polish Society Praeger, 1994 online edition
  • Turnock, David. The Human Geography of East Central Europe. Routledge. 2002. online edition

Historical surveys and reference

  • Biskupski, M. B. The History of Poland. Greenwood, 2000. 264 pp. online edition
  • Bromke, Adam. The Meaning and Uses of Polish History. East European Monographs, 1987. 244 pp.
  • The Cambridge History of Poland (two vols., 1941- 1950) online edition vol 1 to 1696
  • Davies, Norman. Heart of Europe: A Short History of Poland. Oxford University Press, 1984. 511 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Davies, Norman. God's Playground: A History of Poland. 2 vol. Columbia U. Press, 1982. 1,189 pp.; highly detailed, well-written narrative but criticized by some specialists online excerpts and search at Amazon.com; vol 1 to 1795
  • Frucht, Richard. Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism Garland Pub., 2000 online edition
  • Kenney, Padraic. “After the Blank Spots Are Filled: Recent Perspectives on Modern Poland,” Journal of Modern History Volume 79, Number 1, March 2007 pp 134-61, historiography
  • Kloczowski, Jerzy. A History of Polish Christianity. Cambridge U. Pr., 2000. 385 pp.
  • Leslie, R. F. et al. The History of Poland since 1863. Cambridge U. Press, 1980. 494 pp.
  • Lerski, George J. Historical Dictionary of Poland, 966-1945. Greenwood, 1996. 750 pp. online edition
  • Lewinski-Corwin, Edward Henry. The Political History of Poland (1917), well-illustrated; 650pp online at books.google.com
  • Lukowski, Jerzy and Zawadzki, Hubert. A Concise History of Poland. Cambridge U. Press, 2nd ed 2006. 408pp. excerpts and search
  • Pogonowski, Iwo Cyprian. Poland: A Historical Atlas. Hippocrene, 1987. 321 pp.
  • Prazmowska, Anita. A History of Poland. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 242 pp.
  • Roos, Hans. A History of Modern Poland (1966)
  • Sanford, George. Historical Dictionary of Poland. Scarecrow Press, 2003. 291 pp.
  • Wróbel, Piotr. Historical Dictionary of Poland, 1945-1996. Greenwood, 1998. 397 pp.
  • Zamoyski, Adam. The Polish Way. A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and their Culture. J. Murray, 1987. 422 pp.; heavily illustrated excerpt and text search


History: before 1900

  • Blanke, Richard. Prussian Poland in the German Empire, 1871-1900. Columbia U. Press, 1981. 268 pp.
  • Bogucka, Maria. Women in Early Modern Polish Society: Against the European Background. Ashgate, 2004. 192 pp
  • Butterwick, Richard, ed. The Polish-Lithuanian Monarchy in European Context, c. 1500-1795. Palgrave, 2001. 249 pp. online edition
  • Frost, Robert I. After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War 1655-1660. Cambridge U. Press, 1993. 211 pp.
  • Górecki, Piotr. Economy, Society, and Lordship in Medieval Poland, 1100-1250 Holmes & Meier, 1992 online edition
  • Lukowski, Jerzy. Liberty's Folly: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Eighteenth Century, 1697-1795. Routledge, 1991. 316 pp.
  • Morfill, William Richard. Poland (1900) online at books.google.com
  • Stauter-Halsted, Keely. The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914. Cornell U. Press, 2001. 272 pp.
  • Stone, Daniel. The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795. U. of Washington Press, 2001. 374 pp.
  • Trzeciakowski, Lech. The Kulturkampf in Prussian Poland. Columbia U. Press, 1990. 223 pp.
  • Urban, William. Tannenberg and After: Lithuania, Poland, and the Teutonic Order in Search of Immortality. Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 1999. 500 pp.
  • Walicki, Andrzej. The Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Nationhood: Polish Political Thought from Noble Republicanism to Tadeusz Kosciuszko. U. of Notre Dame Press, 1989. 152 pp.
  • Weeks, Theodore R. Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia: Nationalism and Russification on the Western Frontier. Northern Illinois U. Press, 1996. 297 pp.


20th century

  • Chodakiewicz, Marek Jan. Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947. Lexington, 2004. 497 pp.
  • Diskin, Hanna. The Seeds of Triumph: Church and State in Gomulka's Poland. Central European U. Press, 2001. 317 pp.
  • Dziewanowski, M. K. Poland in the Twentieth Century Columbia University Press. online edition
  • Garlicki, Andrzej. Józef Pilsudski, 1867-1935. 2nd abridged ed. Brookfield, Vt.: Scolar, 1995. 199 pp
  • Garlinski, Józef. Poland in the Second World War. Hippocrene, 1985. 387 pp.
  • Hempel, Andrew. Poland in World War II: An Illustrated Military History Hippocrene, 2005
  • Hunter, Richard J. and Ryan, Leo V. From Autarchy to Market: Polish Economics and Politics, 1945-1995. Praeger, 1998. 287 pp.
  • Jedrzejewicz, Waclaw. Pilsudski: A Life for Poland. Hippocrene Books, 1982. 385 pp.
  • Kacewicz, George. Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the Polish Government-in-Exile, 1939-45 (1979)
  • Kenney, Padraic. Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950. Cornell U. Press, 1997. 360 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Landau, Zbigniew and Tomaszewski, Jerzy. The Polish Economy in the Twentieth Century. St. Martin's, 1985. 346 pp.
  • Latawski, Paul, ed. The Reconstruction of Poland, 1914-23. St. Martin's, 1992. 217 pp.
  • Peszke, Michael Alfred. "An Introduction to English-Language Literature on the Polish Armed Forces in World War II," The Journal of Military History 70 (October 2006) pp. 1029-1064. in Project Muse
  • Peszke, Michael Alfred and Piotr Stefan Wandycz. The Polish Underground Army, the Western Allies, and the Failure of Strategic Unity in World War II (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Rossino, Alexander B. Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity. U. Press of Kansas, 2003. 360 pp.
  • Stachura, Peter D. Poland in the Twentieth Century. Macmillan, 1999. 180 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Stachura, Peter D. Poland, 1918-1945: An Interpretive and Documentary History of the Second Republic. (2004) online edition; excerpt and text search
  • Sword, Keith, ed. Sikorski: Soldier and Statesman. Orbis, 1990. 224 pp.
  • Terry, Sarah Meiklejohn. Poland's Place in Europe: General Sikorski and the Origin of the Oder-Neisse Line, 1939-43 (1982).
  • Watt, Richard M. Bitter Glory: The History of Independent Poland, 1918-1939. (1979). 512 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Wiles, Timothy, ed. Poland between the Wars: 1918-1939. Indiana U. Polish Studies Center, 1989.
  • Zamoyski, Adam. Warsaw 1920: Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe (2008), 160 pp military history

Recent history since 1980

  • Bernhard, Michael H. The Origins of Democratization in Poland: Workers, Intellectuals and Oppositional Politics, 1976-1980 (1993)
  • Connor, Walter D. and Piotr Ploszajski, eds. The Polish Road from Socialism: The Economics, Sociology and Politics of Transition (1992)
  • Hunter, Richard J. and Ryan, Leo V. From Autarchy to Market: Polish Economics and Politics, 1945-1995. Praeger, 1998. 287 pp.
  • Kolodko, Grzegorz W., ed. The Polish Miracle: Lessons for the Emerging Markets. Ashgate, 2005. 295 pp.
  • Kurski, Jaroslaw. Lech Walesa: Democrat or Dictator? (1993), 178 pp.
  • Kwitny, Jonathan. Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II. H. Holt, 1997. 754 pp.
  • Lepak, Keith John. Prelude to Solidarity: Poland and the Politics of the Gierek Regime. Columbia U. Press, 1988. 271 pp.
  • Millard, Frances. Polish Politics and Society. Routledge, 1999. 232 pp.
  • Millard, Frances. "Presidents and Democratization in Poland: the Roles of Lech Walesa and Aleksander Kwasniewski in Building a New Polity." Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 2000 16(3): 39-62. Issn: 1352-3279 Fulltext in Ebsco
  • Ost, David. The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe. Cornell U. Press, 2005. 238 pp.
  • Sanford, George. Democratic Government in Poland: Constitutional Politics since 1989. Palgrave, 2002. 256 pp.
  • Simon, Jeffrey. Poland and NATO: A Study in Civil-Military Relations. Rowman and Littlefield, 2004. 195 pp.
  • Staar, ed. Richard F. Transition to Democracy in Poland (1993)

Society and Culture

  • Bartal, Israel. The Jews of Eastern Europe, 1772-1881. U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. 203 pp.
  • Braun, Jerzy, ed. Poland in Christian Civilization. London: Veritas, 1985. 633 pp.
  • Braun, Kazimierz. A Concise History of Polish Theater from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Centuries. E. Mellen, 2003. 474 pp.
  • Braun, Kazimierz. A History of Polish Theater, 1939-1989: Spheres of Captivity and Freedom. Greenwood, 1996. 233 pp.
  • Carpenter, Bogdana, ed. Monumenta Polonica, the First Four Centuries of Polish Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Pub., 1989. 567 pp.
  • Cavanaugh, Jan. Out Looking In: Early Modern Polish Art, 1890-1918. U. of California Press, 2000. 307 pp.
  • Corrsin, Stephen. Warsaw before the First World War: Poles and Jews in the Third City of the Russian Empire, 1880-1914. East European Monographs, 1989. 183 pp.
  • Czerwinski, E. J., ed. Dictionary of Polish Literature. Greenwood, 1994. 488 pp.
  • Czekanowska, Anna. Polish Folk Music: Slavonic Heritage, Polish Tradition, Contemporary Trends. Cambridge U. Press, 1990. 226 pp.
  • Eisenbach, Artur. The Emancipation of the Jews in Poland, 1780-1870. Blackwell, 1991. 632 pp.
  • Elie, Stanislaw. Literature and Nationalism in Partitioned Poland, 1795-1918. U. of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies; 2000. 234 pp.
  • Falkowska, Janina. Andrzej Wajda: History, Politics, and Nostalgia in Polish Cinema (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Fiszman, Samuel, ed. The Polish Renaissance in Its European Context. Indiana U. Press, 1988. 478 pp.
  • Ford, Charles and Hammond, Robert; with Kudy, Grazyna. Polish Film: A Twentieth Century History. McFarland, 2005. 354 pp.
  • Haltof, Marek. Polish National Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2002. 304 pp.
  • Janowski, Maciej. Polish Liberal Thought before 1918. Central European U. Press, 2004. 282 pp.
  • Jedlicki, Jerzy. A Suburb of Europe: Nineteenth-Century Polish Approaches to Western Civilization. Central European U. Press, 1999. 307 pp
  • Kurczaba, Alex S., ed. Conrad and Poland. East European Monographs, 1996. 258 pp.
  • Martin, Sean. Jewish Life in Cracow, 1918-1939. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2005. 276 pp
  • MioszŁ, CzesŁaw History of Polish Literature (2nd ed 1983), 570pp
  • Ostrowski, Jan K. et al. Land of the Winged Horsemen: Art in Poland, 1572-1764. Yale U. Press, 1999. 380 pp
  • Pelinka, Anton. Politics of the Lesser Evil: Leadership, Democracy and Jaruzelski's Poland. Transaction Books, 1999. 259 pp.
  • Segel, Harold B. Renaissance Culture in Poland: The Rise of Humanism, 1470-1543. Cornell U. Press, 1989. 285 pp.
  • Sokol, Stanley S. The Artists of Poland: A Biographical Dictionary from the 14th Century to the Present. McFarland, 2000. 263 pp.
  • Suchodolski, Bogdan. History of Polish Culture. Warsaw: Interpress, 1986. 256 pp. lavishly illustrated
  • Thomas, Adrian. Polish Music since Szymanowski. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. 384 pp.
  • Thomas, William Isaac, and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America; Monograph of an Immigrant Group 2 vol (1920) one of the great classics of American sociology; online at books.google.com
  • Trochimczyk, Maja, ed. After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music. Polish Music Center, 2000. 333 pp.