In this short bonus episode, Notes from Poland editor-at-large Stanley Bill takes a bird’s-eye view of Polish history, flying through over a thousand years in five minutes to identify the key geopolitical trends.
After listening to this overview, check out the first part of our ongoing Brief History of Poland series, in which Bill looks in more detail 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.
Produced by Sebastian Leśniewski.
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.