Funded by the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities

“The historical-geographical dictionary of the Polish lands in the Middle Ages: new regions and continuation”, leader: Professor Tomasz Jurek. The objective of the project is to lay the groundwork for developing new series of the dictionary and to continue the existing series. The results will consist in the publication of successive fascicles available in print, open-access online publications and new card indexes that will make it possible to carry out further work on subsequent parts of the dictionary. The project focuses on two goals: on the one hand, it broadens the scope of the dictionary to include the new eastern regions of Podlasie and Red Ruthenia, while on the other it ensures the continuing work on the dictionaries of Lesser Poland, Greater Poland and Masovia.

 

“A Historical Atlas of Poland in the 16th century: supplements to the series”, leader: Professor Marek Słoń. The project is intended to complete and supplement the series entitled Atlas Historyczny Polski. Mapy szczegółowe XVI w. [A Historical Atlas of Poland in the 16th century. Detailed maps].  The project consists of two equally important tasks. The first task involves compiling the final two volumes of the series focusing on Kujawy and Podlasie. The full research questionnaire of the series is to be retained along with the principle introduced in the volume on Greater Poland, namely the publication of the digital version (spatial database) and the root source, i.e. land tax registers.

In addition, the volumes will be supplemented with materials for the historical-geographical dictionary (Kujawy) and an edition of selected property inventories (Podlasie). The supplementary work will consist in applying the above principle to the previously published volumes and broadening the scope of the series to include Royal Prussia. A comprehensive detailed map of the Polish lands of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland will be prepared for print (scale 1:250,000) and a GIS map correlated with the database.

 

“The instructions of Russian ambassadors in Poland, 1772–1793”, leader: Dr Adam Danilczyk. The aim of the project is to prepare for print and publish the instructions and rescripts sent by Russia to Russian ambassadors in Warsaw in 1772–1793. These documents are the most important Russian historical sources for the study of Poland in the latter eighteenth century, particularly with regard to the first and second partition, the Four-Year Sejm, the 3 May Constitution and the Targowica Confederation. A great many of these have not been studied and are still largely difficult to access.

 

“Minutes of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland (1918–1923). A collection of sources”, leader: Professor Marek Kornat. The project aims to present a critical edition of the minutes of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland in 1918–1926 in 11 volumes. These minutes are one of the most important collections of documents for the study of Reborn Poland to still await publication, as they illustrate the decision-making process concerning the vital issues of internal and external policy of the Polish state, particularly in the years of the parliamentary republic (1918–1926).

 

“The first German occupation of the Polish lands. The Kingdom of Poland and the eastern borderlands occupied by the Central Powers, 1914–1918. Principles, aims, methods and consequences. A comparison of occupation policies against Poles in the 20th century”, leader: Professor Grzegorz Kucharczyk. The goal of the project is to present a study of the principal issues related to the model of occupation of the Polish lands taken over by Russia during the partitions (especially Congress Poland) by the Central Powers. The German ‘Ober-Ost’ occupation structure covering the lands of pre-1772 Poland will also be taken into consideration. Another of the project’s objectives is to inquire whether the occupation policies put into practice on the territories in question in 1915–1918 and 1939–1945 were similar. Most of all, the project aims to determine the political and economic standing of the Polish lands in the organisation of Germany’s eastern borderland and its ‘empire in the East’ by looking at it against the broader background of the ‘Mitteleuropa’ strategy pursued primarily by Berlin.

 

“Ontological foundations for the construction of historical-geographical information systems”, leader: Professor Bogumił Szady. The main objective of the project is to tackle the crucial problems of compiling and integrating historical and geographical information. Historians, geographers, and ontology and IT specialists will collaborate to lay down theoretical foundations to the methods of gathering information in order to facilitate the integration of collections of a wide range of sources that refer to a variety of historical periods and deal with various subjects.

 

“Compilation and publication of the Bibliography of Polish History of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vol. III: 1865–1918. Periodicals, pamphlets and calendars. Fasc. 4: Emigration and Polish émigrés”, leader: Dr hab. Stefan Gąsiorowski. The goal of the project is to compile and publish The Bibliography of Polish History of the 19th and 20th century. Vol. III: 1865–1918. Periodicals, pamphlets and calendars. Part 4: Emigration and Polish émigrés with an accompanying separate volume with scholarly commentary. The task continues the project started by Ludwik Finkiel (back in the 19th century) known as The Bibliography of Polish History. It presents the output of Polish historians from 1815 onwards and aims to provide a comprehensive record of historiographical works concerning Polish history. The project will be carried out by a team of bibliographers from the Section for the Retrospective Bibliography in the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The following volumes have been published since 1954: The introductory volume: 1815–1914, Warszawa 1954; vol. I: 1815–1831, Wrocław–Warszawa 1958; vol. II: 1832–1864, parts 1–4 (8 fascicles), Wrocław–Warszawa–Kraków 1968, 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983. Subsequently, works started with the aim to publish vol. III cataloguing publications that appeared in print from 1865 to 1918. The year 2000 saw the publication of vol. III: 1865–1918. Periodicals, pamphlets and calendars. Part 1: The Russian Partition. In 2010, vol. III was released: 1865–1918. Periodicals, pamphlets and calendars. Part 2: The Prussian Partition. In 2017, vol. III was published: 1865–1918. Periodicals, pamphlets and calendars. Part 3: The Austrian Partition (funded by the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities).

 

“A handwritten topographic map of Western Galicia drawn in 1801–1804 (the so-called Heldensfeld map) from the collections of the War Archives in Vienna: Polish cultural and historical heritage of a regional character in foreign collections”, leader: Dr Waldemar Bukowski. The aim of this project is to begin editorial work on Heldensfeld’s map of Galicia and provide it with topographic descriptions. The map includes the Polish lands occupied by Austria in the Third Partition of Poland in 1795. These were parts of the following voivodeships: Kraków, Sandomierz, Lublin, Mazowieckie (without Warsaw, which was on the Prussian side), Podlaskie, Brzeskie, Lithuanian and Chełm land. The map was made in 1801–1804 by a team of officers of the Engineers’ Corps under the direction of Colonel Anton Mayer von Heldensfeld (1765–1842) from the General Staff of the Austrian army. The first works had started by 1796–1799. The map consists of 275 colour sheets arranged in 20 columns according to individual meridians. Each sheet measures 63.2×42.1 cm. Military descriptions include seven volumes of 48×37 cm in size with 1,225 cards or 2,451 pages. Apart from topographical descriptions, they provide data on the estate and religious structure, as well as other statistical data.

 

“Patriots of tomorrow. Independence activities, civic attitudes and educational work of Polish women in Lviv (1863–1939) in the light of materials collected by the Museum of Meritorious Polish Women in Lviv and the Ossolineum. Edition and commentary”, leader: Dr Iwona Dadej. The aim of the project is to offer a selective edition of materials depicting the patriotic, civic and educational activity of Lviv’s women at the turn of the 20th century. These sources are collected in the Lviv Historical Archive (CDIAL) and the V. Stefanyk Lviv National Scientific Library of Ukraine (formerly: the Ossoliński National Department). These unpublished materials are closely related to the independence activities of Lviv’s women and are an important example of shaping civic attitudes both among themselves, in the local community of Lviv and in Polish society at large. Aware of the role of the past in shaping everyday life and the future, they wanted to create centres and institutions commemorating the past of women so as to make the efforts of their predecessors a legitimate part of the patriotic-educational canon by means of their own work and commitment. These activities deserve special recognition and the memory of them should be revived by introducing the achievements of Lviv’s women to the wider horizon of national tradition.

 

“The database of research on Polish history: documentation work”, leader: Professor Anna Gruca. The subject of the project is current documentation work on the achievements of Polish historiography to be made available in the form of a bibliographical database. The database is conceived as a continuation of the current “Bibliography of Polish History”, published as a yearbook in 1948–2016, which included material for the years 1945–2014. The discontinuation of the printed version, the last five volumes of which were realised under an NPRH grant, is connected with the current trends in compiling bibliographical registers: paper versions are replaced by bibliographical databases, which in comparison with their paper counterparts have a number of important advantages from the user perspective. The aim of the project is to modernise the database and adapt it to modern standards. The discontinuation of the printed version means that the data collected for the subsequent yearbooks are not publicly available, but function only as a working database (in principle accessible only to the members of the development team), since the outdated programme in which the bibliography is compiled prevents it from becoming available online.

 

“Officials of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Registers: Nowogródek Land and the Nowogródek Voivodeship from the 15th to the 18th century”, leader: Professor Henryk Lulewicz. The aim of the project is to prepare a comprehensive register of officials of the Nowogródek Voivodeship of the 15th–18th century on the basis of research to be conducted in archives and libraries in Poland and abroad, and in printed studies and editions of source material.

The project includes the preparation of complete lists of hierarchical units of civil servants in the rank of a powiat, functioning in the area of the voivodeship in its historical form, i.e. the governorate of Nowogródek transformed into a voivodeship, the estates (powiaty) of Słonim and Wołkowysk (all of which became judicial poviats in the mid-16th century) and two new poviats, Słuck and Stwołowice, created at the end of the 18th century.

 

Translation projects:

1. Jerzy W. Borejsza, A Ridiculous Hundred Million Slavs: Concerning Adolf Hitler’s World-View [“Śmieszne sto milionów Słowian…” Wokół światopoglądu Adolfa Hitlera, Warszawa, 2006; translation into English and publication on-line].

2. Bronisław Geremek, On the Middle Ages [O średniowieczu, Warszawa, 2012; translation into English and publication on-line].

3. Sylwia Bykowska, Rehabilitation and Ethnic Verification of the Polish Population in the Gdańsk voivodeship after World War II [Rehabilitacja i weryfikacja narodowościowa ludności polskiej w województwie gdańskim po II wojnie światowej; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

4. Stanisław Bylina, Religious Life in the Late Middle Ages [Religijność późnego średniowiecza; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

5. Alina Cała, Antisemitism In Poland and Its Roots [Żyd – wróg odwieczny? Antysemityzm w Polsce i jego źródła, Warszawa, 2012; translation into English and publication on-line].

6. Magdalena Gawin, Race and Modernity: A History of the Polish Eugenics Movement [Rasa i nowoczesność. Historia polskiego ruchu eugenicznego 1880–1952, Warszawa, 2003; translation into English and publication on-line].

7. Joanna Gierowska-Kałłaur, Civil Administration of the Eastern Lands (19 February 1919 – 9 September 1920) [Zarząd Cywilny Ziem Wschodnich (19 lutego 1919 – 9 września 1920); translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

8. Małgorzata Gmurczyk-Wrońska, Stanisław Patek in Diplomacy and Politics (1914–1939) [Stanisław Patek w dyplomacji i polityce (1914–1939); translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

9. Dariusz Jarosz, Maria Pasztor, The Meat Swindle– facts and contexts [Afera mięsna – fakty i konteksty; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

10. Bartosz Kaliski, Messengers of a Free Word (Paris–Prague–Warsaw, 1968–1970) [Kurierzy wolnego słowa (Paryż–Praga–Warszawa 1968–1970); translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

11. Marek Kornat, Polish Foreign Policy, 1938–1939. Four decisions of Józef Beck [Polityka zagraniczna Polski 1938–1939. Cztery decyzje Józefa Becka; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

12. Paweł Kras, Ad abolendam diversarum haeresium pravitatem: The System of Inquisition in Medieval Europe [Ad abolendam diversarum haeresium pravitatem. System inkwizycyjny w średniowiecznej Europie; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

13. Aleksander Łupienko, The Public Space of Warsaw in the First Half of the 19th Century [Przestrzeń publiczna Warszawy w pierwszej połowie XIX wieku; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

14. Anna Machcewicz, Kazimierz Moczarski: A Biography [Kazimierz Moczarski. Biografia; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

15. Adam Manikowski, The society of elite consumption: Lorenzo Strozzi’s aristocratic enterprise in 17th-century Tuscany [Toskańskie przedsiębiorstwo arystokratyczne w XVII wieku. Społeczeństwo elitarnej konsumpcji, Warszawa, 1991; translation into English and publication on-line].

16. Jerzy Michalski, Rousseau and Polish Republicanism [Rousseau i sarmacki republikanizm, IH PAN, Warszawa, 1977; translation into English and publication on-line].

17. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Citizen of Yiddishland. About the Jewish communists in Poland [Obywatel Jidyszlandu. Rzecz o żydowskich komunistach w Polsce; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

18. Bogumił Szady, Geography of Religious and Denominational Structures in the Crown of the Polish Kingdom in the Second Half of the 18th Century [Geografia struktur religijnych i wyznaniowych w Koronie w II połowie XVIII wieku; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

19. Tomasz Wiślicz, To Earn Heavenly Salvation: Peasant Religion in Little Poland from the Mid-16th to the End of the 18th Century [Zarobić na duszne zbawienie: religijność chłopów małopolskich od połowy XVI do końca XVIII wieku; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

20. Tomasz Wiślicz, Love in the Fields: Relationships and Marriage in Rural Poland in the Early Modern Age. Social Imagery and Personal Experience [Upodobanie: Małżeństwo i związki nieformalne na wsi polskiej XVII–XVIII wieku. Wyobrażenia społeczne i jednostkowe doświadczenia, Wrocław, 2012; translation into English and publication on-line].

21. Acta Poloniae Historica (continued work on the journal, NPRH-funded).

22. Kwartalnik Historyczny [Historical Quarterly] – edition of five special issues of the journal in English, publication on-line and in print.

23. Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej [Studies in the History of Russia and Central-Eastern Europe] – edition of five special issues of the journal in English, publication on-line and in print.

24. Igor Kąkolewski, The Melancholy of Power: Tyranny in the Political Culture of Sixteenth-Century Europe [Melancholia władzy. Problem tyranii w europejskiej kulturze politycznej XVI stulecia; translation into English and publication on-line and in print].

25. Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Family, taboo and communism in Poland (1956–1989) [Rodzina, tabu i komunizm w Polsce (1956–1989); translation into English and publication on-line and in print].