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Własną drogą. Osobliwe dzieje Polaków i ich kultury

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Adam Zamoyski, Polak urodzony w Nowym Jorku, wychowany w Anglii, autor biografii Paderewskiego, Chopina i Stanisława Augusta Poniatowskiego, stworzył znakomitą syntezę dziejów Polski, doprowadzając ją do czasów współczesnych. Według autora, najważniejszymi elementami historii Polski są: powstanie w Europie Środkowej państwa o ustroju parlamentarnym, jego niezwykły ro ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published 2002 by Znak (first published March 25th 1988)
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Paul Bryant
This is an excellent history of Poland which I read some years ago. From the introduction :

To the average inhabitant of Western Europe, the history of Poland is a yawning chasm whose edges are obscured by an overhang of accepted commonplaces (what a beautiful phrase!) - that the Poles are a romantic people, good at fighting, riding, dancing and drinking, pathologically incapable of organisation or stable self-government, condemned by geography and their own ineptitude to be the victims of histo
Cristobo De
Just as Zamoyski puts it, Poland is the one big European nation which remains almost ignored to this day, invisible to the main public. We hardly have even stereotypes about them! And yet, their role in European history was almost as important as that of France.
I doubt whether giving it four stars instead of three. It was definitely a good book. If you have no clue about the history of Poland and suddenly want to be able to hold a conversation about the country (in other words, if you meet a cu
Jan 04, 2009 Kristen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Polocks
Shelves: history, non-fiction, own
A good into to Polish history
Joseph Serwach
Most books about Poland tend to be heavier on the what, where and how and have less of the ``why'' explaining why things happened. This book focuses on events in Poland that had an impact beyond Polish borders and has more of the ``why'' offering a greater understanding of how Poland and Poles evolved over the past 1,000 years. For example, a Polish tendency to question authority goes back centuries to the ways the original founders placed limits on their kings, minimizing taxes and government i ...more
More popular history of Eastern Europe (or Central Europe, whatever). Perhaps a bit long on discussion of the practices 16th century Polish democracy and the relative productivity of its regions farm land. Nonetheless, The Polish Way is a pointed reminder of the primary role Poland has played in Western Culture and a fair unraveling of the country's convoluted past. Fun reading as well.
Interesting history of Poland from the Middle Ages through modern times. Covers the following of Polish intellectual life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the loss of the Polish state, and Poland's rebirth after World War I. The book was written in 1987, so it does not cover events all the way to the present.
P Gonski
Great book which details the history of poland. Lots of charts, pictures, and tables which help to display key information. Does not read as dry as some books & always reviews trends in the period of art/science and ties it in to the political situation
Nate E.
Jan 09, 2015 Nate E. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
excellent book, one of the best in my opinion.
Ogólna książka na temat historii i kultury polskiej. Jest dobra na początek.

Good general view on Polish history and culture between 10th and 20th century. Good for a start.
Poorly written and bombast at times, but a very informative and interesting account for the multi-faceted history of Poland.
Highly recommended as a relatively short, readable introduction to one of the most amazing national cultures in the world.
Ms. S...........
very nice overview. good to read in conjunction with the movie, "1612". complete (as much as possible) in its ouvre.
A non-romanticized history of the LEAST understood nation in Europe. Made me even prouder to be half-Polish!
Pretty much my favorite of the books I've read on Polish history.
A great break down of Poland's complex and intriguing history.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This is a good, readable introduction to Polish History.
Good, easy to understand overview of Polish history.
Norman Davies' is better.
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A historian and a member of the ancient Zamoyski family of Polish nobility. Born in New York City and raised in England. He is Chairman of the Board of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation. On June 16, 2001, in London, England, he married the artist Emma Sergeant.
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