SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentJunior Class A, Department of Slavics Junior Class B, Department of Slavics
Course NamePolish History and Religions: the Christian Era
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule



Week 1

Protestantism in Poland

Week 2

Orthodox Christians in Poland

Week 3

Judaism in Poland

Week 4

The French king, Transylvanian victories

Week 5

The Vasa Family, the Swedish Deluge

Week 6

The Turkish invasion (1674-1696) and the decay of the Republic

Week 7

Polish Oriental Baroque

Week 8

The Reign of Anarchy: The Saxon Era

Week 9

The last king of Poland.

Week 10

Partitions and the final destruction of Res Publica Poloniae (1772-1918)

Week 11

Fights for the independent Poland (1772-1918)

Week 12

The Formation of the Second Republic of Poland 1918

Week 13

The Bolshevik War 1920

Week 14

German and Russian invasion of Poland in (1939-1945)

Week 15

Polish – Jewish history during the Holocaust

Week 16-17

The end of war, the Soviet liberation, the Polish People`s Republic and the role of the Catholic Church (1944-1989)

Week 18

Final exam

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Class attendance is mandatory.

Each absence from class will receive a one-point deduction from the final grade.

Please do make every effort to come on time.

The final exam will be in the written form based on the book: Pra?mowska Anita, A History of Poland, London 2011

Textbook & Reference

Zamoyski Adam, The Polish Way, New York, 1994

Zamoyski Adam, Poland A History, London 2009

Davies Norman, God`s Playground, A History of Poland, Vol.2, New York 2005

Pra?mowska Anita, A History of Poland, London 2011

Kurek Ewa, Polish-Jewish Relations 1939-1945: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity, Bloomington 2011

Kurek Ewa, Your Life Is Worth Mine: How Polish Nuns Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children in German-Occupied Poland, 1939-1945, New York 1986

Kochanski Halik, The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War, Harvard Univeristy 2012

Pilecki Witold, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, Los Angeles 2012

The Katyn Forest Massacre: The History of the Notorious Slaughter of Polish Prisoners by the Soviets during World War II, Charles River Editors 2016

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