Poland: The First Thousand Years (Hardback)
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Poland: The First Thousand Years (Hardback)

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Hardback 506 Pages / Published: 25/11/2014
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Poland: The First Thousand Years is a sweeping account designed to amplify major figures, moments, milestones, and turning points in Polish history. These include important battles and illustrious individuals, alliances forged by marriages and choices of religious denomination, and meditations on the likes of the Polish battle slogan "for our freedom and yours" that resounded during the Polish fight for independence in the long 19th century and echoed in the Solidarity period of the late 20th century. "The book is very readable and fluidly written. The action flows gracefully from one setting to another with appropriate transitions and cues along the way. Dabrowski's presentation contributes fresh interpretations of events in several important respects." (Keely Stauter-Halsted, University of Illinois at Chicago).

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780875804873
Number of pages: 506
Weight: 826 g
Dimensions: 60 x 90 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book provides even chronological coverage of a full 1,000 years of history and is exhaustive in scope, with the numerous subheadings lending it an almost encyclopedic quality. Dabrowski writes in an accessible, and in some places conversational, style, doing away with distracting jargon and replacing it with rhetorical questions, entertaining anecdotes, and well-chosen maps and images."
--Journal of Modern History

"A major achievement, lucidly and engagingly written."
--Cosmopolitan Review

"The book is very readable and fluidly written. The action flows gracefully from one setting to another with appropriate transitions and cues along the way. Dabrowski's presentation contributes fresh interpretations of events in several important respects."
--Keely Stauter-Halsted, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Dabrowski provides an engaging and reliable overview of over ten centuries of Polish history. She has done so in a balanced, fair manner with regard to a broad range of controversial issues. And she has done so in a way to make the reader comfortable with matters for which he or she might bring relatively little in the way of previous knowledge or interests."
--Paul W. Knoll, University of Southern California

"A work of truly impressive and painstaking scholarship, Poland: The First Thousand Years is enhanced with the inclusion of a list of illustrations, an informative preface, a Note on Names, a pronunciation guide, an eight page list of suggestions for further reading, and a thirty-nine page index. Very highly recommended."
--Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

"A comprehensive, balanced, clearly written, and engaging new history of Poland . . . May Poland: The First Thousand Years find many readers. They will not be disappointed in what they see."
--The Polish Review
"Poland: The First Thousand Years deserves being considered as one of the most valuable synthetic depictions of the history of Poland ever penned by an Anglo-Saxon author."
--Acta Poloniae Historica

"In this sprawling and ambitious work, ... Dabrowski proceeds systematically from Poland's foundational myths, with their roots at the end of the first millennium, to the fall of Communism and the establishment of democracy in 1989. Dabrowski avoids academic prose, and even those with no background will find the text engrossing. Precise yet lyrical, she convincingly connects the lessons of Polish history to issues of universal import."
--Publishers Weekly

"Elegant writing with frequent vivid metaphorical language and skillful rearticulation of idiomatic and historic Polish proverbs into English make Dabrowski's prose captivating and easy to read. . . . [A] well-written, informative volume."
--H-Net Reviews

"This is a clearly presented and compellingly written survey of the history of Poland from its founding in the tenth century through to the present day."
--Canadian Slavonic Papers

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