Nation and History: Polish Historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War

By Peter Brock, John Stanley, and Piotr J. Wrobel

© 2005

The important scholarly achievements of Polish historians remain largely unknown outside Poland. In Nation and History, editors Peter Brock, John Stanley, and Piotr J. Wróbel have brought together twenty-four essays on Polish historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War, an era of unparalleled changes in every aspect of Polish life.

From the late eighteenth century until 1918, the Polish state was partitioned between its three neighbours: Russia, Prussia (Germany), and Austria. Polish historiography throughout this period tended to focus on the reasons behind the old Polish state's decline and fall. This shaped Polish historians' vision of their country's past and created the burden of not only having to discuss the state, but the issue of 'nation' – its essence, its shape, and its failure.

The contributors to this volume – from Poland and abroad – closely examine the role played by historians in both the documenting and shaping of Poland's history. While featuring different approaches, Nation and History serves as the most comprehensive work on Polish historiography written in English.

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While featuring different approaches, Nation and History serves as the most comprehensive work on Polish historiography written in English.

Nation and History: Polish Historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War

By Peter Brock, John Stanley, and Piotr J. Wrobel

© 2005

The important scholarly achievements of Polish historians remain largely unknown outside Poland. In Nation and History, editors Peter Brock, John Stanley, and Piotr J. Wróbel have brought together twenty-four essays on Polish historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War, an era of unparalleled changes in every aspect of Polish life.

From the late eighteenth century until 1918, the Polish state was partitioned between its three neighbours: Russia, Prussia (Germany), and Austria. Polish historiography throughout this period tended to focus on the reasons behind the old Polish state's decline and fall. This shaped Polish historians' vision of their country's past and created the burden of not only having to discuss the state, but the issue of 'nation' – its essence, its shape, and its failure.

The contributors to this volume – from Poland and abroad – closely examine the role played by historians in both the documenting and shaping of Poland's history. While featuring different approaches, Nation and History serves as the most comprehensive work on Polish historiography written in English.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.6in x 9.4in
  • Author Information

    Peter Brock is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.



    John Stanley is an independent scholar and a senior policy advisor for the Management Board Secretariat of the Government of Ontario.



    Piotr J. Wróbel holds the Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction
    JOHN D. STANLEY

    1. Adam Naruszewicz (1733–1796)
      JOHN D. STANLEY
    2. Joachim Lelewel (1786–1861)
      JOHN D. STANLEY
    3. Józef Szujski (1835–1882)
      ANDRZEJ WIERZBICKI
    4. BolesÂaw Limanowski (1835–1935)
      KAZIMIERA J. COTTAM
    5. Tadeusz Wojciechowski (1838–1919)
      IWONA BATOR
    6. Tadeusz Korzon (1839–1918)
      DANIEL STONE
    7. Micha Bobrzyóski (1849–1935)
      PHILIP PAJAKOWSKI
    8. WÂadysÂaw Smoleóski (1851–1926)
      ANDRZEJ WIERZBICKI
    9. StanisÂaw Smolka (1854–1924)
      PIOTR GÓRECKI
    10. Aleksander Brückner (1856–1939)
      WIKTOR WEINTRAUB
    11. Oswald Balzer (1858–1933)
      WACSAW URUSZCZAK
    12. Szymon Askenazy (1865–1935)
      PIOTR J. WRÓBEL
    13. WacÂaw Sobieski (1872–1935)
      ZDZISSAW PIETRZYK
    14. WacÂaw Tokarz (1873–1937)
      ANDRZEJ NIEUWAÙNY
    15. Franciszek Bujak (1875–1953)
      ANITA SHELTON
    16. StanisÂaw Kutrzeba (1876–1946)
      WACSAW URUSZCZAK
    17. Adam SkaÂkowski (1877–1951)
      ANDRZEJ NIEUWAÙNY
    18. WÂadysÂaw Konopczyóski (1880–1952)
      WOJCIECH TYGIELSKI
    19. Natalia G.siorowska-Grabowska (1881–1964)
      TADEUSZ PAWES RUTKOWSKI
    20. Marceli Handelsman (1882–1945)
      M.B. BISKUPSKI
    21. Marian Kukiel (1885–1973)
      PIOTR J. WRÓBEL
    22. StanisÂaw Kot (1885–1975)
      PETER BROCK and ZDZISSAW PIETRZYK
    23. Oskar Halecki (1891–1973)
      JERZY KSOCZOWSKI
    24. Adam Próchnik (1892–1942)
      KRZYSZTOF DUNIN-W)SOWICZ

    Chronology of Polish History

    Contributors

    Index

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