Polish History

The Cambridge History of Poland. New York: Cambridge University Press. [KS]

Davies, Norman. God's Playground, Vol I. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981. [KC, KS]
This is a very good history of Poland in English. VolumeI deals with Polish history to 1795, so it's good for our period.

_____________. Heart of Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. [KC, KS]
Unless you are interested in all of Polish history, I'd skip this in favor of the aforementioned.

Dlugosz, Jan. Annals or Chronicles of the Glorious Kingdom of Poland. 1961. Two Volumes. [KS]

Dzieciol, W. The Origin of Poland. [KS]

Funke, Phyllis Ellen. Contemporary Krakow: This Medieval City.[KS]

Halecki, O. A History of Poland. New York: Barnes & Noble Inc., 1993. [KS]

Hoffman, Richard C. Land, Liberties, and Lordship in a Late Medieval Countryside. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,
1989. [KS]

Knoll, Paul. The Rise of the Piast Monarchy. [KC, KS]
Scholarly work about the reign of Kazimierz the Great. A little dry and he concentrates almost exclusively on Kazimierz's foreign policy.

Manteuffal, Tadeusz. The Formation of the Polish State. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1982. [KC]

Milosz, Czeslaw. The History of Polish Literature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969. [KS]

Pennington, Kenneth. Popes and Bishops. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984. [KS]

Polish Armies: 1569-1683. Two volumes. [KC-Volume I only]
Part of the Osprey Man at Arms series. Volume One has lots of pictures and the information is supported by an article in A Republic of Nobles. The second volume has a reference list.

A Republic of Nobles. Edited by Maia Bogucka, J. K. Fedorowicz, and Henry Samsonowicz. New York: Cambridge University Press,
1982. [KC]
A collection of essays on current Polish research. Most of the essays deal with Poland in period. They are scholarly, but readable. It also has line drawings of Polish costume in the 16th, 17th, and 18th
Centuries.

Sienkiewicz, Henryk. Knights of the Cross, Volume Two. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1899. [KS]

Szczesniak, Boleslaw B. The Knights Hospitallers in Poland and Lithuania. The Hague: Mouton, 1969. [KS]

The United Nations Series: Poland. Edited by B. E. Schmitt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1945. [KS]

Urban, William. The Baltic Crusade. 1975. [KS]

Zamoyski, Adam. The Polish Way: A Thousand Year History of the Poles and Their Culture. [KC, KS]
A tertiary, introductory text. It has some good pictures and is fairly readable. No footnotes but it has a bibliography. Almost half is post-period.
 

History and Society in Central Europe, Vol II: Nobilities in Central and Eastern Europe: Kinship, Property and Privilege. Edited
by Janos M. Bak. Budapest: Hajnal Istvan Alapitviny; Krems: Medium AEvum Quotidianum Gessellschaft, 1994. [KS]
Although the editors' original intention was to initiate an annual publication series, the second volume under review had to wait three years and has to be published with the help and cooperation of the
Medium AEvum Quotidianum Society of Krems, Austria. Being about twice as bulky as its predecessor, this volume contains eight studies that stretch over nine centuries and cover a wide variety of topics
concerning the social history of Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, and Austrian nobilities during the medieval and early modern periods.

Nicolle, David. Hungary and the Fall of Eastern Europe: 1000-1568. London: Osprey Publishing Ltd, 1989. [KA]
Part of the Men at Arms series.

Sedler, Jean W. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500. Seattle WA: University of Washington Press, 1994. [OKB]

Kolchin, Boris Aleksandrovich. Wooden Artifacts from Medieval Novgorod. Oxford: B. A. R., 1989. [MSR]

Muthesius, S. Art, Architecture, and Design in Poland. 966-1940.[KS]

Nickel, Heinrich L. Medieval Architecture in Eastern Europe. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1981. [EM]
Floor plans, color and B&W photos, and histories.

Kireyeva, E. V. The History of Costume. Translated by Tatiana N. Tumanova. Moscow: Enlightenment, 1970. [SEO, MSR, OKB]

Tsukanov, M.P. Treasures from the Kremlin: Textiles and Needlework. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. [SEO]

Gervers, Veronika. The Influence of Ottoman Turkish Textiles and Costume in Eastern Europe, with Particular Reference to
Hungary. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1982. The title says it all.

Sronkova, Olga. Fashions Through the Centuries: Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo. London: Spring Books, 1959.
Czech historical costumes with pictures.

Turnan, Irena. History of Dress in Central and Eastern Europe from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. Warsaw: Institute of
the History of Material Culture, 1991. [MSR]
Excellent source book whose research was done at the actual museums in Eastern Europe and Russia with several coat patterns, illustrations, and portraits.

Turnan, Irena. Ubior Narowdowy w dawnej Rzezczypospolitej. Warsaw: Semper, 1991. [MSR]
Extensive detail in fabric, styles, and construction of garments from all levels of Polish society 15th-18th centuries. Summary in English.

A Day in the Life of Novgorod. Edited by Kolya Sergievna [Susan Carroll-Clark]. Toronto: Privately published, 1994 [PWT]

The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible. Edited and translated by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy.
Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1994. [OKB, EM, PWT]
The introduction is very good and explains why many of the tantalizing details presented in the text most be approached with caution. Still, a very useful book.

Zevin, Igor V. A Russian Herbal. Rochester VT: Healing Arts Press, 1997. [OKB]
Nice discussion of historical uses of herbs in Russia.

Gimbutas, Marija. The Slavs. London: Thames and Hudson, 1971.

Gorecki, Piotr. Economy, Society, and Lordship in Medieval Poland, 1100- 1250. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1992. [JZ]

Knab, Sophie H. Polish Cultures, Traditions, and Folklore, Second Edition. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1992. [JZ]
Covers a wide variety of traditional customs, including birth, wedding, and funeral customs. These are arranged in calendar fashion, over the liturgical year, thus giving a picture of old Polish life.

____________. Polish Herbs, Flowers, and Folk Medicine. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1992. [JZ]

Polcyn, M. "Archaeobotanical Evidence for Food Plants in the Poland of the Piasts (10th- 13th Centuries AD)," Botanical Journal of
Scotland 46: 4: 533-537. [JZ]
Short article summarizing archeological evidence for what foods were grown and how. Illustrations of grain.

Zemanek, Alicja. "Herbals and Other Botanical Works of the Polish Renaissance -- Present State and Prospects for Research," Botanical
Journal of Scotland 46: 4: 637-643. [JZ]
Listing of Renaissance Polish herbals, with descriptions. Four illustrations of examples.

Anstruther, F. C. Old Polish Legends. New York: Hippocrene, 1991.[KS]
Legends are undocumented but some of the stories (e.g., Trumpeter of Krakow) are quasi-documented by other legends in related cultures.

Chew, Allan F. An Atlas of Russian History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

Gilbert, Martin. Russian History Atlas. New York: Macmillan Co.,1972. [EM, SEO]

Hupchick, Dennis P. and Harold E. Cox. A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996. [PWT]

Magocsi, Paul Robert. Historical Atlas of East Central Europe. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993.
While this atlas covers the post-13th century period, it is far from complete and not consistent in spelling.

__________. Ukraine: A Historical Atlas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. [BDH, KCh]

Benet, Sula. Song, Dance, and Customs of Peasant Poland. New York: AMS Press, 1903. [KS] 


Karpinski, A. "Female Servants in Polish Towns in the Late 16th and 17th Centuries. " Acta poloniae historica 74 (1996): 21-44. 

Levin, Eve. "Childbirth in Pre-Petrine Russia." Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation, pp. 44-60. Edited by
Barbara Evans Clements, Barbara Alpern Engel, and Christine D. Worobec. Berkeley CA: University of California, 1991. [EM, PWT]