Institute of History | research teams and individual researchers
What distinguishes the research conducted in the Institute of History is its focus on Silesian issues, the dynamics and nature of social changes in Polish lands in medieval, early modern and contemporary periods, as well as the studies devoted to broadly defined cultural and political borderlands. Our research is both on the level of micro-history, such as the studies devoted to the Second Polish Republic and World War II and on the macro-historical level. The latter is exemplified by monographs and shorter studies on the functioning of the Polish state in the Middle Ages, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth between the 16th and 18th centuries, the positioning and role of Poland in Europe between the 16th and 20th centuries, and of eastern and central parts of Poland against the contexts of Western Europe, the Habsburgs and the Papacy. Our research is partly carried out as grant projects under the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities: The House of Vasa and the House of Austria. Correspondence from 1587-1668; Fritz Bracht. Nazi governor of Upper Silesia during World War II; History and the Unconscious: The Theoretical Assumptions and Research Practices of Psychohistory; Polish People in the Imperial German Army; Poles in Kaiser’s Army, Documenta Polonica ex Archivo Generali Hispaniae in Simancas. It is also carried out in the Nova series and as projects funded by the National Science Centre: Adam Chmara (1721-1805), the Last Minsk Voivode in the World of Politics of the Stanislavian Era and His Archive; Images and Symbolism on the Seals of Cistercian Convents in Silesia in the Middle Ages; A Polish Courtier at the Court of the Jagiellonians and Elected kings. Position, value system, personal model; The Holy See in the face of the crisis of the royal power of John Casimir Vasa and the election of Michal Korybut Wisniowiecki (1660-1669); Cultural Policy as a Mechanism of Subordination in the Politics of the USSR in the Years 1955-1957/1958; The Case of Poland and Yugoslavia; Latin Dissemination of Conceptual Metaphors in Old Norse Literature as a Manifestation of Christianisation and Europeanisation of Medieval Scandinavia; Geopolitical Specificity of Post-Tridentine Apostolic Nunciatures (1562-1606). Many of our published research results have already earned recognition and received national awards.