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    100 PILOTS FROM A CENTURY OF AVIATION

    Jerzy Gotowała, Andrzej Przedpełski

    ISBN/EAN: 8311095515

    In 2003 we celebrated a cenury of flying. For that occasion, two experts in the field – Professor Jerzy Gotowała, a general and former air force commander, and Professor Andrzej Przedpełski, former lecturer at the Dęblin Flying School – prepared a dictionary presenting portraits of one hundred pilots, pioneers of aeronautical thought who had a decisive influence on the development of the art of human mastery of the skies. In condensed biographical sketches, richly supplemented with photographs and drawings, they tell of the lives and achievements of the greatest aviation designers, flying aces, and astronauts. The book is an excellent compendium of knowledge on aviation and the most important events in the rich history of man’s realization of his dream of flying...


    A DIARY FROM THE ŁÓDŹ GHETTO

    Jakub Poznański

    ISBN/EAN: 8311094896

    Jakub Poznański lived through the German Occupation trapped within the Łódź ghetto, together with his wife and daughter. When the mass deportation plans ordered by Himmler exceeded the Third Reich’s organizational capabilities, an executive order was issued in 1940. The creation of the ghetto got under way. From August 1944, when Jews were being liquidated on a mass scale, the entire Poznański family hid in the ghetto, fighting dramatically for survival in terrible conditions. The author made notes the whole time. He conscientiously noted down events and observations in dry chronicle form. As a result, we have a shocking record of daily life in the main central ghetto of Kraj Warty (Land of the Warta), an almost hermetically sealed district of Łódź (Litzmanstadt). From it emerges a picture of a brutal struggle for survival.


    A GUIDE TO THE DISCOVERERS AND CONQUERORS OF LATIN AMERICA

    Jarosław Molenda

    ISBN/EAN: 9788311106642

    An excellent publication for those interested in the history of Latin America. The author describes the history of the geographical discoveries and the expeditions of the conquistadors, such as Hernando Cortés or Francisco Pizarro, and of the overthrow of the Aztec and Inca empires. He relates the story of the search for El Dorado, the legendary land of gold, whose magic attracted all kinds of adventurers, driven by the lure of riches, honours, and fame, as well as by missionary zeal.


    A HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF THE INCAS AND THE AZTECS

    Andrzej Tarczyński

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    1st ed., format B5, hard cover

    The history of the conquest and discovery of America has been presented many times in different verions. For the most part, the accounts of these events suffered from gross over-simplification and sometimes even tendentiousness, and their authors fell into the trap of continuing the ‘dark legend’ – which is to say the creation of a caricature of European expansionism in America, apparently consisting of an unending stream of violence perpetrated against a peace-loving indigenous population totally devoid of any negative characteristics. The history of the Iberian discoverers and conquerors of the New World as presented in the book under review is based on rich sources in the form of accounts from the sixteenth century or the beginning of the seventeenth century.


    A HUMOROUS HISTORICAL DICTIONARY

    Jan Kopczewski

    ISBN/EAN: 8311098220

    A unique publication combining the virtues of a humorous quiz with solid, systematized historical knowledge. The dictionary consists of two parts. The first contains several hundred entries from various historical areas, with interesting trick questions that prompt us to think about history, and present well-known facts in a different light. In the second part we have the answers, sometimes surprising. They broaden our knowledge, enriching it with anecdotes and discussing various characters and events. The choice of questions and the form of the answers are presented in an amusing way, but the book represents a very sophisticated level of knowledge.


    AN EMPIRE ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION. THE INVASION OF THE CIMBRI AND THE TEUTONS

    Paweł Rochala

    ISBN/EAN: 8311106347

    This book presents the history of the barbarian tribes which almost caused the disintegration of the Roman Empire at a time when it appeared to be at the height of military supremacy. It includes a broad description of the social background relating to both sides of the conflict, the course of the wars accompanying the main course of events, and the chief battles fought between the Romans and the invaders. A good deal of the book is devoted to the arms and organization of the opposing forces. There is also a detailed portrait of the consul Gaius Marius, generally considered in academic circles to be a reformer of the Roman army, as well as an account of the consequences of his reforms.


    ARMIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. THE EMPIRE AND THE BARBARIANS

    Daniel Gazda

    ISBN/EAN: 8311108455

    Another item in the richly illustrated album series devoted to the armies of the ancient world. It details the most interesting war campaigns of the Romans, from the times of Julius Caesar to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in ad 476. It contains numerous illustrations, including maps of the battlefields. The author devotes much space to the strategy, tactics, arms and equipment of the protagonists.


    HETMANS OF THE POLISH–LITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH. GREAT POLISH HETMANS

    praca zbiorowa

    ISBN/EAN: 8311100705


    HUNTING FOR HIDDEN TREASURES IN POLAND

    Włodzimierz Antkowiak

    ISBN/EAN: 8311092001

    Who wouldn’t like to find some hidden treasure? Everyone must have dreamed of it at some time in their lives. Some of us remain in the realm of dreams, but there are others who not only realize their dreams by searching for hidden relics of the past, but who also want to share with others information concerning their probable whereabouts. The author, a well-known journalist and ‘professional’ treasure hunter, describes one hundred locations where it’s possible that one can come across valuable or unusual finds. Thanks to the country’s stormy history, and her location on the marching routes of the great armies of the past, many valuable objects and spoils of war have been hidden in Poland over the centuries, and still await their discoverers.


    LOVE, SEX AND POLITICS IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME

    Sławomir Koper

    ISBN/EAN: 831109845X

    A fascinating story of family and sexual morals as prevailing in ancient Greece and Rome. The author demonstrates the influence of emotions and passions on politics and history. He defines the role and place of women in public life, including courtesans and lovers. He describes the sexual behaviour of the Greeks and Romans in very frank terms, with their acceptance of practices that are morally condemned by present-day societies, for example pederasty. A tour-de-force of a book that has attracted masses of readers in Poland.


    MISTAKES WHICH CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY

    Romuald Romański

    ISBN/EAN: 8311106827

    Can a single moment, a single decision, or one small oversight decide the future of entire nations? History shows that even one small step can have serious consequences – negative, positive, or simply surprising. Mistakes which have significantly affected the course of events can be found in the history of all nations. They elude any clear-cut judgements. How, for example, should we evaluate Napoleon’s decision to create the Duchy of Warsaw? For the Poles it meant one thing, for the French it meant something else... These are the kind of questions posed by a unique book that offers an intellectual feast for those curious about the world around them.


    NAPOLEON’S GRANDE ARMĖE

    Robert Bielecki

    ISBN/EAN: 8311098891

    A splendid work by a specialist on the Napoleonic era and a recognized authority on the subject – Robert Bielecki. An excellent book for anyone interested in militaria or battle tactics. An arsenal of knowledge on the French military staff the period of the Revolution, the Republic and the Empire. It contains a description of the military formations, their equipment and arms, battle techniques, biographies of the commanders, and a sociological analysis of the French army corps, as well as some fascinating supplementary information – e.g., a description of the role of surgeons in military campaigns. This is a comprehensive and richly illustrated work. Notable is the extensive use made by the author of both French sources and those from other countries. The book is written in an extremely colourful and lively style.


    POLES ON THE FRONTS OF WORLD WAR II

    praca zbiorowa

    ISBN/EAN: 8311101639

    Poland wa the first victim of an armed aggression in Warld War II and also the first to resisit the aggression. Polish resistance in September 1939 initiated the process of forming the anti-Nazi coalition, of which Poland was an active member throughout the war. Polish military effort in World War II can be estimated to have been the biggest one, after the great powers.

    Must read for all who want to know the real course of the WW II


    ROYAL MARRIAGES. THE ELECTORAL RULERS

    Jerzy Besala

    ISBN/EAN: 8311105561

    A colourfully written trilogy of the history of the loves and marriages of all the Polish rulers. The author has taken on the tremendous task of researching into the relations and feelings of the royal couples, thanks to which he presents a history of Poland from an entirely new and intriguing perspective. This splendid book not only supplements the knowledge of those interested in the tempestuous history of Poland, but owing to its gripping twists and turns can also function as excellent reading matter for a long afternoon for the layman.


    ROYAL MARRIAGES. THE PIASTS

    Jerzy Besala

    ISBN/EAN: 8311105537

    A colourfully written trilogy of the history of the loves and marriages of all the Polish rulers. The author has taken on the tremendous task of researching into the relations and feelings of the royal couples, thanks to which he presents a history of Poland from an entirely new and intriguing perspective. This splendid book not only supplements the knowledge of those interested in the tempestuous history of Poland, but owing to its gripping twists and turns can also function as excellent reading matter for a long afternoon for the layman.


    SARMATIANS ON THE SEAS

    Henryk Mąka

    ISBN/EAN: 8311109230

    1st ed., format B5, hard cover

    This is the first book on the Polish publishing market to present the almost unbroken line of Poland’s naval history. In 22 biographical tales, the richly illustrated work discusses naval history from the times of Mieszek I and Boleslaus the Brave, who endeavoured to establish the northern borders of the state on the Baltic coastline. Then through the Jagiellons, who extended the country’s coastal border by another 1,500 kilometres. Interesting and little-known, too, are Polish activities at sea during the national uprisings. Even during the times of the partitions, Poles sailed the seas and the oceans. Further biographical sketches illustrate the arduous work of construction and reconstruction following World War II.


    STALINGRAD, 1942-43

    Tadeusz Konecki

    ISBN/EAN: 9788370203597

    A study of one of the greatest and decisive strategic operations of the Second World War, initiated by a German offensive in the direction of the Caucasus and Stalingrad, and halted in November 1942 by the Soviet army on the outskirts of the city. The Soviet counter-offensive launched on 19 November 1942 led to the surrounding and elimination of more than 300,000 Germans. The history of this turning point is supplemented with professional descriptions of weaponry, illustrations, maps, and analyses of the political situation. The book is one of the most popular items in the best-selling series Historical Battles.


    THE ARMIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. THE ROMAN REPUBLIC AND THE CARTHAGINIANS

    Daniel Gazda

    ISBN/EAN: 8311103550

    The first publication in a series of several volumes covering the armies of the ancient world. It outlines the most interesting military campaigns and battles involving the Romans – magnificent soldiers who, thanks to their incredible powers of endurance under difficult battle conditions and to their splendid organization, created the most efficent war machine of antiquity. Against this background, Daniel Gazda builds up a picture of the evolution of military thought, weaponry, and tactics. The work is richly illustrated and supplied with numerous maps.
    The subject matter of the first two volumes of the series forms a whole. They will cover the history of Rome, from its birth to the last years of the empire. The third volume will concern the Greeks, Macedonians, and Persians. And the fourth - the Near East and the Nile valley, especially Egypt, Nubia, Assyria, Babylon, and Israel. The fifth volume will deal with India and China.


    THE BEGINNINGS OF POLAND. RIDDLES AND SECRETS

    Andrzej Zieliński

    ISBN/EAN: 9788311106024

    The first century of Polish statehood was full of events about which the oldest Polish chroniclers did not always write the truth. Were it not for the increasing availability of foreign sources relating to this period – Russian, Hungarian, Czech, German, or Scandinavian – we would be left merely with the colourful descriptions of Wincenty Kadłubek and Jan Długosz. Andrzej Zieliński’s book is a collection of a dozen or so essays relating to sometimes surprising events from the first hundred years of life in the Polish lands. It represents an attempt to look at these times in a slightly different way, even though it is often based on the same historical facts used in more traditional approaches. Consequently, the mysterious history of the beginnings of Poland are shown in a significantly broader context.


    THE BLOSSOMING OF THE MIDDLE AGES IN EUROPE

    pod red. Henryka Samsonowicza

    ISBN/EAN: 8311093164

    The times that the historical sketches contained in this book relate to cover three centuries. They begin with the entry of Europe into the second millennium, the beginning of which represented in the eyes of contemporaries the start of a new era – for some the era of the end of the world and the Last Judgement, for others the period of creation of a better society, embracing more and more Christian nations. Once again the team of outstanding medievalists allows us to comprehend the complexities of the Middle Ages and the way in which our forebears thought.


    THE CLOSE OF THE MIDDLE AGES IN EUROPE

    pod red. Henryka Samsonowicza

    ISBN/EAN: 831109571X

    This is a continuation of a series devoted to medieval Europe. The late Middle Ages is the period of decline of the stormy long-lasting age of chivalry, of the greatest achievements in Flemish art, of the burgeoning of the court life of the Dukes of Burgundy, and of the dominating role of the Church. New relations developed in all spheres of life, as well as historical processes that still have an effect on European culture, politics, and even economics. This time the sketches of the University of Warsaw’s leading Polish medievalists from both older and younger generations, embrace the final centuries of the Middle Ages – the times of the Hundred Years War, the great geographical discoveries, the ousting of the Moors from Spain, and the rising threat of Turkey.


    THE EARTH AND WATER CONCEAL HIDDEN TREASURES

    Włodzimierz Antkowiak

    ISBN/EAN: 8311095418

    An excellent publication for seasoned trackers of mysteries and puzzles within Polish territory. The journalist author and well-known treasure-hunter presents 121 places where one can come across various relics of history, both items of everyday equipment lost as a result of some catastrophe, and representing priceless finds for the collector today, as well as works of art or simply valuables hidden during wartime hostilities.

    ...sometimes a treasure can be found by chance, digging a trench for a telephone cable, digging over the garden, or simply turning over the earth with the toe of your shoe. But in the vast majority of cases, searching is a tedious process. It’s a meticulous, scrupulous building up of successive pieces of information, gathered sometimes over the course of a number of years. In the end a ‘critical mass’ is reached, and this changes the quality of the store of information, and the time for the discovery arrives. That’s how it is in science, and that’s how it must be with treasure hunting. Of course, nobody will ever find all there is to find in Poland. Riddles will always remain, waiting to be solved. For those who come after us...


    THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF POLAND

    Jerzy Besala

    ISBN/EAN: 9788311113282

    The author reveals in facinating manner the unknown chapters of Polish history. He tries to give us an answear on such issues as : where did all the Slavs came from, why didn't Poland became a member of Orthodox Church, was it true that several of Polish kings were poisoned and finally how the waeather anomaly influenced Polish history. Intriguing and fascinating book.


    THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF EUROPE

    Jerzy Besala

    ISBN/EAN: 9788311106994

    Europe has its official history, presented in textbooks, monographs, and articles. It also has its hidden history, arousing various emotions in society and mostly ignored by the academic world. The author attempts to penetrate certain secrets of the Old Continent forgotten by the academics. He ponders over the phenomenon of the birth of Europe, over the origins and downfall of empires. He writes about a drunken and conspiratorial Europe, a religious and magic Europe. The colourfully written essays, full of perverse paradoxes and far removed from textbook propriety, represent a highly individual vision of the history of Europe.


    THE KNIGHTLY ORDERS

    Edward Potkowski

    ISBN/EAN: 8311101078

    A beautifully published, lavishly illustrated study concerning the orders of the Knights Templars, Knights Hospitallers, the Teutonic Knights, and others, organized to fight against the infidels in the East, in Prussia and in Spain. We learn about the circumstances in which they arose and of the expansion of their military and economic power. The book analyses the growth in the political significance of the knightly orders, and also the process of the arisal of elitist secular associations. The reader will also find a detailed discussion of the process of the flourishing and then the decline of the states in the East that were subdued by the Christian crusades. The numerous drawings, reproductions, and maps serve to increase our understanding of the book.




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