Poland has had an exceptionally turbulent thousand-year listory marked by extremes of national greatness and decline including patrition and foreign occupation. Currently undergoing another dramatic transformation, Poland has been building a democratic and market system since the fall of communism. The largest and most important nation in Eastern Europe, outside the ex-Soviet Union, is now returning to the European mainstream from which she was for long periods isolated politically and economically, although not culturally. Although Poland has been widely popularized in journalistic cliches in recent years because of Solidarity, the "Polish Pope" and the like, there is still much ignorance of the particular individuals and specific factors which have shaped her history in the past and which are molding her present development. The dictionary strikes a judicious balance in covering past and contemporary figures as well as Poland's richly-textured political, social, and cultural dimensions. The dictionary has over four hundred entries and a most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography. It provides a stimulating and knowledgeable introduction for students, schoars, and librarians as well as a helpful overview-guide for tourists and for those involved in teaching, business, politics, journalism, and public service.
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George Sanford (BA, Bristol; MPhil, PhD, London), Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Bristol, UK, is a leading academic specialist in Polish and East European Studies. This is his seventh book; he has also published numerous articles and chapters in ten books and commented on Polish affairs for the mass media. Adriana Gozdecka-Sanford (MA, Warsaw), is a Polish-born journalist and author. She published two historical books as well as a novel in Poland. This is her second co-authored publication with Sanford since settling in England in 1977.Review:
On the whole, this is an objective and highly recommended reference source, useful for all libraries - university, college, public, and for businesses that are engaged in Central Europe. (American Reference Books Annual)
...[includes] a chronology, bibliography, maps, appendices, and dictionary section with short entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions from the earliest time to the present. (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
...now covers more of the post-Communist period, including Poland's entry into the European Union in 2002. (Booklist 2004-02-01)
Well researched and written, the second edition remains a valuable reference source for students and faculty. Recommended. (CHOICE)
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Book Description Scarecrow Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0810828189