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A history of Kraków for everyone

Jan M. Małecki


A History of Kraków for Everyone is a fascinating story of the history of this city, and a superb guide, peppered with curiosities, anecdotes and quotes from primary sources. It recounts the most important and interesting events in Kraków's history, profiles its most colourful characters, and outlines key circumstances that have shaped its development.
This book is a must for all tourists and lovers of Krakow who want to learn more about what makes the city tick.




  • ISBN: 978-83-08-04267-0
  • EAN: 9788308042670
  • Publisher: Wydawnictwo Literackie
  • Language: English
  • Format: 14.0x20.0 cm
  • Number of pages: 298
  • Year of publishing: 2008
  • Cover: paperback
Table of contents
Foreword 5

MYSTERIES OF PREHISTORY
When did Kraków come into being? 7
Legendary beginnings 8
Capital of the Vistulanian state? 13
Kraków Christian before 966 16
On a major trading route 17

KRAKÓW'S PLACE IN EARLY PIAST POLAND (10TH AND 11TH CENTURIES)
In the kingdom of the first Piast rulers 21
Tyniec and Wawel 24
A tragic clash between king and bishop 26

IN A FRAGMENTED STATE (1138-1320)
The capital of the Senior 30
Chartered with German law 34
Poland's spiritual capital 37
In the thick of battles to unite the country 41

TWO CENTURIES OF PROSPERITY (1320-1506)
Capital of a united kingdom 46
The might of Kraków's burghers 49
The town of Kazimierz and the town of Kleparz 53
The Kraków Academy 58
In Gohtic splendour 61
A saintly queen and the revival of the university 66
After the union with Lithuania 73
Seat of the Jagiellonian dynasty 77
"Evil people, the townsfolk of Kraków" 79
A masterpiece by Veit Stoss 82
The beginnings  of humanism on the Vistula 85

THE GLORY OF RENAISSANCE CULTURE (1506-1609)
At the court of King Zygmunt 88
The new burgher class 92
Renaissance ideas and customs 96
The influence of "religiuos innovations" 99
Artists from Italy and the art of the Italian Renaissance 102
Everyday life in Renaissance Kraków 106
In the "Jews town" 109
Fading splendour 113

A CAPITAL ABANDONED (1609-1795)
On the eve of catastrophe 119
The Swedish invasion 122
After the Swedish war 126
"The religious and sacral capital" 130
Saxon times 114
A border town 118
Enlightenment reforms 142
The Kościuszko Insurrection 146

AT THE MERCY OF GREAT POWERS. CHANGING FORTUNES IN THE PERIOD 1796-1866
Under bureaucratic Viennese rule 151
Polish troops in Kraków again 155
Free trade city 158
The "Free, Independent and Strictly Neutral" City of Kraków 160
Augmenting the "treasury of national mementoes" 163
"The last scrap of free Poland" 167
The Kraków Uprising of 1846 169
Return to Austrian rule 172
The Springtime of Nations in Kraków 173
A fresh catastrophe: the great fire 176
Moving from absolutism to liberty 178

THE SPIRITUAL CAPITAL OF POLAND IN BONDAGE (1866-1918)
The first mayor of autonomous Kraków 183
"A clean, healthy and attractive city" 186
Factories, houses and palaces 191
A city of scholars 194
City of artists 197
City of saints 201
"Pennypinchers" and "people of sober judgement" 204
National pilgrimage 209
The modern city across the Vistula 212
On the eve of the Great War 215
At war, 1914-1918: the trials of daily life and hopes for freedom 218

THE SECOND REPUBLIC (1918-1939)
Krakow's part in rebuilding the state 224
Flashpoint for social conflicts 227
Regional capital 229
"City of national mementoes" in sovereign Poland 231
UNDER NAZI RULE (1939-1945)
Capital of the General Government 237
Life under the German occupation 240
The extermination of a quarter of Kraków's population 245

THE PEOPLE'S POLAND (1945-1989)
After "liberation" 249
"Bastion of reaction" 253
Nowa Huta 256
Everyday life in the People's Republic of Poland 260
Dissonant historical heritage and new myths 263
Between Party committee and metropolitan curia 267
Towards a better future 270

Chronicle of major events in Kraków 276
Index of proper names 287






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