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In 1573 Catherine de’ Medici successfully campaigned for her third son, Henri, Duke of Anjou, to be elected to the throne of Poland. Robert J. Knecht tells the story of his brief, dramatic reign...

October 2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the mass breakout from Sobibór death camp. Althea Williams recalls an extraordinary event that is today largely forgotten.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

In 1573 Catherine de’ Medici successfully campaigned for her third son, Henri, Duke of Anjou, to be elected to the throne of Poland. Robert J. Knecht tells the story of his brief, dramatic reign.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Dan Stone looks at how historians’ understanding of the Holocaust has changed since the end of the Cold War with the opening of archives that reveal the full horror of the ‘Wild East’.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the birth of the pianist who was also briefly prime minister of Poland.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

During his brief life, the Polish master of the musical miniature became a living symbol of his troubled nation. Adam Zamoyski looks at the reception given to Chopin by a divided public when he visited Britain in 1848, a year of revolution through Europe.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Kathryn Hadley joins a group of schoolteachers and police officers in an innovative project that seeks ways to better understand the Holocaust.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

The Teutonic Knights were defeated at the Battle of Tannenberg, on July 15th, 1410.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

A project to restore one of the Polish city’s 20th-century monuments has turned into a cultural battleground, writes Roger Moorhouse.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

More than two decades ago, Adam Zamoyski wrote a history of the Poles and their culture. As a major revision of the work is published, he reflects on the nation’s change in fortune.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

The German army’s training, discipline and Blitzkrieg tactics – directed by the supremely confident Führer – swept away Polish resistance in 1939. It took the shell-shocked Allies another three years to catch up, writes Andrew Roberts.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

Lessons from the Auschwitz Project. Robert Carr shares his experiences.

Issue: 60 2008

Reconciliation is not following in the wake of the search for truth about the past in one fomer Warsaw Pact country, Colin Graham reports.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

The mutual defence treaty between Communist states was signed on May 14th, 1955.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Robert Pearce introduces the man who has been called ‘the George Washington of Poland’.

Issue: 46 2003

Richard Monte presents the forthcoming Polish film adaptation of Quo Vadis.

Volume: 51 Issue: 10 2001

What did Hitler mean by Lebensraum? Did he attempt to translate theory into reality? Martyn Housden 'unpacks' the term and puts it into historical context.

Issue: 37 2000

Cressida Trew, winner of this year's Julia Wood Essay Prize, shows that Polish historians under political duress and with the need to forge a positive national identity have denied rather than confronted the Holocaust. 

Issue: 35 1999

Mikhail Gorbachev's period as President of the Soviet Union, 1985-91, was truly revolutionary. But Steven Morewood argues that he failed to understand or control the forces he unleashed.

Issue: 31 1998

Robert Frost reveals a neglected influence on his reforms.

Issue: 30 1998

How did Britain come to make the promises to Poland that resulted in a declaration of war against Germany in September 1939? Sir Nicholas Henderson unravels a curious story.

Volume: 47 Issue: 10 1997

The elaborate funeral portraits of Poland's 17th-century nobility are a window on their self-image and lifestyle, as Bozena Grabowska discusses here. (Translated from the Polish by George Lambor).

Volume: 43 Issue: 10 1993

The first modern constitution in Europe? On the occasion of its bicentenary, Robert Frost looks at the background to a landmark in Polish history which, though it triggered the final disaster of partition by the country's greedy neighbours, was a work of enlightened reform, not revolution. 

Volume: 41 Issue: 5 1991
Michael Burleigh investigates how academia was pressed into service to legitimise Nazi imperialism in the conquered East.
Volume: 38 Issue: 9 1988

Norman Davis explains how Poland's geography has been the villain of her history.

Volume: 32 Issue: 11 1982

Norman Davies finds that Poland is a repository of ideas and values which can outlast any number of military and political catastrophies.

Volume: 32 Issue: 11 1982

Tadeusz Stachowski explains how revolutionary aspirations of the 1830s travelled east in Europe and precipitated a war between the Tsarist Empire and its province, the Kingdom of Poland.1

Volume: 29 Issue: 6 1979

Tadeusz Stachowski writes that it was not so much the material loss suffered at Ostrolenka, as the moral defeat, that broke the spirit of the Polish opposition.

Volume: 29 Issue: 7 1979

By the eighteenth century, writes Adam Zamoyski, four fifths of the world's Jews lived in Poland.

Volume: 26 Issue: 2 1976

The eighteenth-century partitions and nineteenth-century uprisings worsened the livelihood of Jews in Poland, writes Adam Zamoyski.

Volume: 26 Issue: 3 1976

Adam Zamoyski describes how the Poles under German occupation were experts in subversion.

Volume: 24 Issue: 12 1974

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