1st Edition

Public History in Poland

Edited By Joanna Wojdon Copyright 2021
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume presents various aspects of public history practices in Poland, alongside their historical development and theoretical reflections on public history.

    Despite a long tradition and variety of forms of public history, the very term "public history", or literally speaking "history in the public sphere", has been in use in Poland only since the 2010s. This edited collection contains chapters that focus on numerous practices and media forms in public history including historical memory, heritage tourism, historical re-enactments, memes and graphic novels, films, archives, archaeology and oral history. As such, the volume brings together the Polish experiences to wider international audiences and shares Polish controversies related to public history within the academic discourse, beyond media news and politically engaged commentaries. Furthermore, it sheds crucial light on the developments of collective memory, historical and political debates, the history of Poland and East-Central Europe, and the politics of post-World War Two and post-communist societies.

    Authored by a team of academic historians and practitioners from the field, Public History in Poland is the perfect resource for students from a variety of disciplines including Public History, Heritage, Museum Studies, Anthropology, and Archaeology.

    Introduction: Public History in Poland

    Joanna Wojdon

    Part 1: Public History and Politics

    1. The Roots of the Twenty-First-Century Politics of History: The Case of Poland in Central Europe

    Łukasz Kamiński

    2. Towards the Ideal Vision of the 20th Century Polish History. On the Post-2015 Polish Politics of History

    Rafał Stobiecki

    3. New Historical Museums in Poland

    Paweł Ukielski

    4. Polish Historical Museums and Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

    Anna Ziębińska-Witek

    5. The Role of Memorial Sites in Public History: The Case of Auschwitz State Museum

    Piotr Trojański

    6. National Pride and Echoes of Local Identity: Public History in Silesian Towns

    Przemysław Wiszewski

    Part 2: Public History and Research

    7. Oral History in Poland

    Marta Kurkowska-Budzan

    8. Polish Archives: Old and New and Their Role as Public History Institutions

    Lucyna Harc

    9. Book Publishers as Public Historians: The Polish Case

    Ewa Jabłońska-Stefanowicz

    10. Pro-Social and Socialized Archaeology (Public Archaeology) in Polish Style

    Anna Zalewska

    Part 3: Public History and Leisure

    11. Polish Feature Films as Public History

    Piotr Zwierzchowski

    12. Polandball: Memes and Graphic Novels as Public History

    Anna Borkiewicz

    13. The Historical Reenactment Movement in Poland and Its Specificity

    Filip Wolański

    14. Gaming the Polish Past: Case Study of Kolejka (The Queue)

    Joanna Wojdon


    Joanna Wojdon is an Associate Professor at the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Poland, member of the Steering Committee of the International Federation for Public History and chair of the Commission for Public History of the Committee of Historical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.