Welcome to a Brief History of Poland. In this mini-series of podcasts, Notes from Poland editor-at-large Stanley Bill will be looking at over a thousand years of Polish political and cultural history, from 966 until today.
In this first part of the series, he looks at the year 966 and the symbolic baptism of the early Polish state. He examines the pre-Christian cultures of the region, and asks whether the entry to western Christian Europe was also a moment of cultural colonisation.
Producer: Sebastian Leśniewski
Check out the previous podcast in our series – an interview with Jennifer Croft, translator of Olga Tokarczuk – below.
Main image credit: Ł/Wikimedia Commons (photo) (under public domain).
Stanley Bill is the founder and editor-at-large of Notes from Poland. He is also Senior Lecturer in Polish Studies and Director of the Polish Studies Programme at the University of Cambridge. He has spent more than ten years living in Poland, mostly based in Kraków and Bielsko-Biała.
He is the Chair of the Board of the Notes from Poland Foundation.