Historical Dictionary of Poland, 966-1945

by George J. Lerski


The first authoritative comprehensive historical dictionary of Poland in English, this volume is destined to become the standard work.

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January 1996


Pages 784
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/General

The first authoritative, comprehensive historical dictionary of Poland in English, this volume includes over 2,000 entries on people, events, places, and terms important to Poland's history from 966 to 1945. Entries include English and Polish language bibliographic sources. The student of Polish history seeking specific information on a person or event in medieval times, the troubled era leading to the late 18th century partitions of Poland, and the Polish nationalist struggles before 1919, reborn Poland in the interwar years, or the trauma of World War II will be amply rewarded by the accurate, concise information provided in this unique historical dictionary.

Each of the alphabetically arranged entries is followed by pertinent bibliographic sources in both English and Polish languages. A list of abbreviations, a note on the Polish alphabet, and a series of historical maps precede the entries. Helpful cross-references are provided throughout the text and in the index. A general bibliography precedes the index. After five years of work, George Lerski completed the original manuscript in 1992, shortly before his untimely death. The special editing subsequently undertaken preparatory to publication has remained faithful to the original work, its concept, organization, and purpose.



[W]ill become one of the most important reference works treating Poland. In some 2,000 entries, it covers meticulously the history of Poland from its beginnings to 1945....[T]his work is essential for college or university libraries that support study of east central European history.— Choice

...of much value to students of Polish history and to those in related academic disciplines, as well as to all other persons who have some interest in Polish history and culture.—Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol 39, 1-2, 1997


In many years of teaching Polish history, I have always been struck by the lack of information, and sometimes by the misinformation that can be found on Polish history in standard reference works. This is remedied at last in the ^IHistorical Dictionary^R. Its high standard will serve as a model for future reference works on Polish history.—^B^XAnna M. Cienciala, Professor of History^LUniversity of Kansas

There is a particular need for a basic reference work on Polish history in the English language. Professor Lerski's ^IHistorical Dictionary of Poland^R will satisfy this need for many years to come.—^B^XMaciej Siekierski, Ph.D., curator^LHoover Institution, Stanford University


Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1996

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