Subject Area: Poland

Communist Party of Poland 1918-1929. A Study in Political Ideology
1994 0-7734-9414-6
Focussing on political and ideological aspects, the author presents an organic synthesis of the Party's life, organization, and internal political debates. Party ideology is analyzed in close reference to Soviet Communism and the European Communist movement. The analysis is based on a wealth of archival materials, documents issued by the Party through its conferences, press, and the writings and memoirs of its leaders. The study makes extensive use of the material in the collections of the former Central Archive of the Central Committee of the Unified Polish Workers' Party in Warsaw. This work is the first organic study on the topic to appear in English.

History of a False Illusion - Memoirs of the Communist Movements in Poland 1918-1938
2002 0-7734-7227-4
This is a translation (from the Yiddish) of the memoirs of the Polish-Jewish workers leader Pinkus Minc (1895-19620. Minc played a leading role in the Jewish Bund in the early 1920s, leading its left wing in a fusion with the Polish Communist Party in 1922. Minc was active in organizing workers in Poland, West Byelo Russia and West Ukraine. He spent much time in prison. In the face of severe state repression, Minc was forced to leave Poland in the mid-1930s, whereupon he worked with Trotskyite groups in Prague, Danzig, Copenhagen, and finally Paris, where he was a close collaborator and friend of Trotsky’s son Leon Sedov. The publication of his memoirs contributes significantly to our understanding of the East European workers movements. It will also interest scholars in Jewish Studies, Russian studies, political science, and personal history. Includes rare photographs and facsimiles of correspondence between Minc and Leon Sedov.

History of the Hospitals of Pre-Modern Poland From the Twelfth Through the Eighteenth Centuries
2009 0-7734-4817-9
This book is the first comprehensive study of Polish hospitals from the high Middle Ages through the eve of the French Revolution, a subject virtually unknown in the Anglophone and Polish historiographies. The work examines the ways in which the conflicts between the Church, the nobility, and municipal authorities shaped Poland’s hospitals across six centuries.

Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski and Musical Life in Nineteenth-Century Poland
1992 0-88946-230-5
Makes available for the first time in English a study of Dobryzinski's life and music, and information on the cultural scene of 19th century Warsaw.

Militant Labor Organizations and Democratization in Communist Poland and Corporate Mexico. Two Studies in Worker History
2015 1-4955-0397-6
This study considers two contemporary movements of militant labor and their effect upon the democratization of their respective societies – Solidarnosc, the Polish Solidarity union, and the Frente Autentico de Trabajo, the Authentic Labor Front of Mexico. It provides illustrative examples of the leading role of workers organizations in the development and establishment of a democratic society.

Philo-Semitic and Anti-Jewish Attitudes in Post-Holocaust Poland
1992 0-7734-9176-7
This study examines the roots and the mechanism of the political role of anti-Zionism and philo-Semitism in past and present Polish life, analyzes the history of JewishPolish coexistence, and discusses the Jewish contribution to Polish letters, arts and economy. It examines the Polish struggle for independence and advances original conclusions on the metamorphosis of the Judeophobia of our times in the West, East, and Third World. Uses syntheses based on new material, as well as a thoughtful reworking of older documents, examining the interdependence of past and new literary and scientific sources.

Polish Intelligentsia in Nazi Concentration Camps and American Exile a Study of Values in Crisis Situations
1998 0-7734-8388-8
Based on interviews carried out in Chicago in 1955 with Polish intellectuals who survived wartime internment in Nazi concentration camps and later emigrated for political reasons to the US. Contributes to the study of life in the camps, emigration and assimilation studies, and theoretical studies of values. It begins with a brilliant exegesis of the social origins and occupations of the pre-war Polish intelligentsia, and of their aspirations and way of life analyzed under the headings of personalism, patriotism, spiritual leadership, liberal education, social refinement, and lifestyle. It emerges that pre-war intellectual values proved stronger in the camps (where her informants managed to maintain their roles as spiritual leaders) than in the seemingly lesser ordeal of exile. In Chicago, where they found only factory or low-level clerical jobs, had no access to higher intellectual and cultural milieux, and were distrusted or ignored by the Poles of an earlier emigration, the old values were often irrelevant.

Revolutionary Organizations and Revolutionaries in Interbellum Poland. A Bibliographical Biographical Study
1992 0-7734-9487-1
This bibliographical study, containing over three thousand entries in ten languages and further divided into thirty categories, is a comprehensive and focussed presentation of the revolutionary organizations and the Communist Party of interbellum Poland. The study is based on research covering the period from 1918 to 1990 and contains lists of file materials, bibliographies, documents, catalogues, and book, magazine and newspaper articles, primarily in Polish. In order to maintain a sharp focus, only those titles are included which are closely connected to the topic and not found in other major bibliographical studies. Much of the cited material appeared in Poland from the 1950's to the 1980's. These materials have been compiled from the most disparate sources, including studies by centralized institutions such as the government, The United Polish Workers' Party (UPWP), trade unions, and also by less official and marginal bodies, as well as independent studies. This study also includes special materials designed for the exclusive internal use of the UPWP and unpublished materials such as dissertations and manuscripts. The division of the materials into thirty categories is intended to facilitate the use of this bibliography in future historical research. The anniversaries section, for example, presents historical perspectives of the UPWP. In one sense, it documents how the UPWP, the self-declared official heir to the prewar communist ideology, perceived its past communist history. The titles within this section focus upon the observations of those who celebrated the communist past in important historical moments. In another sense, the celebration and analyses thereof, at both the specialist and grass roots level, reveal more about the contemporary UPWP itself than of the pre-war communists. The second part of this study comprises an extensive list of revolutionaries and accompanying bibliographic entries. Again, this has been carried out with the criterion of maintaining a sharp focus, and avoiding superfluous materials. Since about ten percent of the revolutionaries in interbellum Poland are sketched herein, previous assumptions can be tested or new hypotheses may arise on this working political body.

Sirat Antara - The Manuscript From the University Library in Wroclaw, Poland
2012 0-7734-2565-1
The Sirat Antara was an eighteenth century manuscript discovered by Anna Nawolska in the Manuscripts Department of Wroclaw University, Poland, which Nawolska translated from Arabic into English. Anatara Ibn Shaddad al-Absi was a sixth century pre-Islamic poet, knight, and hero. The Sirat Antara is the fifth incomplete volume of the chivalric epic that details the heroic deeds of Anatara Ibn Shaddad al-Absi. Not only does Nawolska provide a translation of the manuscript, but she also presents a history of the Sirat Antara and the genesis of Arabic chivalric epic. This book will appeal not only to Arbaists and Orienatlists but also to historians, political scientists, anthropologists, art historians, and sociologists.

Struggle for Life During the Nazi Occupation of Poland
1998 0-7734-8378-0
Testimony of the author's experience, hardships, suffering, and survival of the Nazi occupation of Poland. Includes photographs and reproductions of documents such as false birth certificate, 'true-passage' document, false travel document made by the underground, false train ticket made by the underground, example of anti-Semitic propaganda flier.

Studies in Language, Literature, and Cultural Mythology in Poland
2002 0-7734-7054-9


World of Provincial Bureaucracy in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Russian Poland
2004 0-7734-6337-2
This book is a case study that investigates the social origins, the confessional and ethnic backgrounds, and the culture of work and leisure that constituted the lives of the provincial officials of Russian Poland from the 1870s through the 1900s. It draws on a number of published and unpublished writings, records of proceedings, and other archival sources to produce a rich and non-stereotypical account of the nature of Russian Polish officialdom. The history of the Russian bureaucracy comprises an essential part of the Russian empire. This book delineates its relationship to the multi-national and multi-religious populace and establishes continuities that connect the Russian empire to the Soviet period.