‘This small book is like having quick reference about Poland in a pocket from a native young Pole, who tells the story of the country in a fabulous manner. Amazing allegory, humour, lightness of sentences and helpful insight from the author reads very well. I recommend the book simply for its quality. Well done!’
– Lela Tssave; OSCE/ODIHR Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
POCKET HISTORY OF POLAND REVIEW
WHY SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK?
The history of Poland is unique within Europe, in that it must be contextualised within its relations with its often more powerful and aggressive neighbours. From the early days of the Piast dynasty through to the dark periods during the 20th century, Poland and its inhabitants have had to contend with oppression from both the east and the west. This has contributed to a tumultuous history and formed a steely national character. It is therefore unsurprising that in 1804 the fledgling Haitian state selected the Poles as one of the very few Europeans permitted to reside and own property in the new republic. The Haitian slaves turned revolutionaries felt a kindred spirit with Poland, with first president Jean-Jacques Dessalines referring to the Poles as ‘the white negroes of Europe’. It is this story, of overcoming adversity and oppression, that Dariusz Sirko explores in The Pocket History of Poland.
I first met Mr Sirko in the autumn of 2017 and his passion not only for the history of his homeland, but for its place in contemporary Europe, was immediately apparent. Several months later he approached me to assist him in the production of an easily digestible but thorough history of Poland, and I was thrilled to be involved.
From its mythic origins through to its Machiavellian medieval period, and more well-known struggles against totalitarian regimes, The Pocket History of Poland tells Poland’s history in its entirety. While this may seem daunting, Sirko imbues the text with his own humour and keen eye for metaphor and euphemism, making it an utterly compelling read. Such is the author’s deep appreciation for Poland’s national story that moments of levity and wonder are presented appropriately, while the darker elements of Polish history are treated with the gravitas that they
The book will be released December 24. Available in most bookstores in Poland and abroad; e-books, through Amazon.com