‘Invaluable and eye-opening.’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent
‘An excellent book.’ Financial Times
‘Fresh, different and brilliantly readable…It is the perfect introduction for those who know nothing about the country, yet will also provide some positive food for thought to those who imagined they knew it all too well.’ Spectator
‘A dramatic history of Poland that captures the spirit of its people…Such an extraordinary national trajectory demands an accessible and scholarly accounting. Zamoyski succeeds admirably in providing both.’ Daily Telegraph
‘For the past 25 years, thanks to the efforts of Adam Zamoyski, we have been better informed about the history and character of Poland than about any other East European country…Zamoyski’s new perspective on an old culture and its modern political liberty is…presented with a new, confident sense of freedom.’ The Times
‘Eminently readable.’ TLS
‘Shrewd…an excellent section on the country and its politics since ’89.’ Independent on Sunday
A substantially revised and updated edition of the author's classic 1987 book, 'The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and their Culture', which has been out of print since 2001. Since this book's original publication (by John Murray) in 1987, Poland's situation has changed dramatically, with the downfall of communism and its own integration into the European Union. The recent arrival of so many Polish immigrants in the UK has also created much new interest in the country and its history, and no one is better qualified to fulfil it than the eminent historian, Adam Zamoyski. Poland was one of the first countries in Europe to enshrine a measure of personal liberty in law, and was second only to Iceland in evolving a Parliament. The Renaissance manifested itself much more strongly in Polish culture than its neighbours'. And Poland's victories against Teutonic Knights, Tatars and Turks, and effortless conquest of Moscow, won it a reputation as the most formidable military force in Europe. Today - after the turmoil of the 19th and 20th centuries - Poland is one of the most homogenous and vigorous nations of contemporary Europe.Re-publication of Adam Zamoyski's classic history is perfectly timed.