2009-10 Coursework and Extra-Curricular Activities

Holiday Book Club

To encourage you to continue your exploration over the winter break, the Wyatt Exploration Program is organizing a Holiday Book Club. To participate, read any one of the books found on the book list and complete a “reading report” following these guidelines. Completed reports must be submitted to the History Department in 260 French Hall by Wednesday, January 20, 2010 (electronic submissions will not be accepted).

Students may earn one stamp in their Wyatt Passport for participation in the Holiday Book Club.

Number 1 should be used as your header. Numbers 2-6 should be addressed in narrative paragraphs using complete sentences, not to exceed 2 typed, double-spaced pages. Your name and date should appear in the upper right corner.

Please use the following format to complete your reading report:

  1.  Author, title: bibliographic identification in Chicago Manual of Style format
  2. Author’s (or editor’s) scholarly or academic credentials
  3. Summary of book content
  4. Evaluation of book content: strengths, methods, manner of presentation. Is the book thesis or problem oriented or survey and general information?
  5.  Author or contributors’ use of primary and other secondary sources?
  6. Your reflection on the applicability or relevance of the book to your research on Polish history; what did you find particularly interesting in the book?


Book List

Titles marked “*” indicates highly recommended

Titles marked “textbook” are not eligible for students who are enrolled in or have completed HIS 357 (Polish Culture through History and Literature)


  • God’s Playground vols I and II, by Norman Davies DK414 .D38*
  • Heart of Europe by Norman Davies DK4140 .D385 1986
  • The Polish Way by Adam Zamoyski DK4140 .Z26 1988* (textbook)
  • Concise History of Poland by Jerzy Lukowski and Henryk Zawadski* (textbook)
  • A History of Poland by Anita Prazmowska
  • The History of Polish Literature by Czeslaw Milosz PG7012 .M48*
  • Historical Dictionary of Poland, 966-1945 By George J. Lerski. DK 4123 .L47 1996

MEDIEVAL through 1939:

  • The formation of the Polish state: the period of ducal rule, 963-1194. By Tadeusz Manteuffel . (1982). DK 4212 .M3613
  • A Republic of nobles: studies in Polish history to 1864 Edited and translated by J.K. Fedorowicz, co-editors, Maria Bogucka, Henryk Samsonowicz. (1982) DK418.8*
  • The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus 1569-1999. By Timothy Snyder. DJK 48.5 .S66 2003*
  • The Polish-Lithuanian State. By Daniel Stone. 2001.
  • Liberty's folly : the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth in the eighteenth century, 1697-1795. By Jerzy Lukowski. DK4140 .L8 1991
  • Poland's Last King and English Culture: Stanislaw August Poniatowski, 1732-1798. By Richard Butterwick (1998).
  • Peasant Prince: Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution. By Alex Starozynski (2008)*
  • The lands of partitioned Poland, 1795-1918. By Piotr S. Wandycz (1993). DK 4349 W36 1993
  • When nationalism began to hate : imagining modern politics in nineteenth century Poland. By Brian Porter. DK 4349.3 .P67 2000*
  • The nation in the village: the genesis of peasant national identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914. By Keely Stauter-Halsted. (2001) HD 1536 .P7 S7 2001*
  • Galicia. A Multicultured land Ed. by Christopher Hann and Paul Robert Magocsi (2005).
  • White Eagle, Red Star: the Polish-Soviet War, 1919-1920 By Norman Davies. (1983)*

JEWISH history in Polish and Polish-Lithuanian lands

  • The Jews in Poland. Edited by Antony Polonsky, with C. Abramsky and M. Jachimczyk. (1986)*
  • The Jews in old Poland, 1000-1795. Edited by Antony Polonsky, Jakub Basista and Andrzej Link-Lenczowski (1993) DS135.P6 J457 1993
  • Poles and Jews: a failed brotherhood. By Magdalena Opalski and Israel Bartal. DS135 .P6 O64 1992*


  • Poland in the Second World War. By Jozef Garlinski (1985)
  • Rising ’44: The Battle for Warsaw. By Norman Davies (2003)
  • Forgotten Holocaust: ThePoles under German Occupation. By R. C. Lucas (1990)
  • Death in the Forest: the story of the Katyn Forest massacre. By J.K. Zawodny (1962).*
  • The Warsaw ghetto : a Christian's testimony. By Władysław Bartoszewski DS135.P62 W253413 1987
  • Polish-Jewish relations during the Second World War. By Emmanuel Ringelblum ; edited and with footnotes by Joseph Kermish, Shmuel Krakowski. DS135.P6 R495 1976*
  • Karski: how one man tried to stop the holocaust. By E. Thomas Wood, Stanisaw M. Jankowski (1994) [electronic resource] Online book.*
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife. A War Story. By Diane Ackerman (2007)


  • Burdens of History: Eastern Europe since 1989. By Padraic Kenney (2006)*
  • Solidarity’s Secret: The Women who defeated Communism in Poland. By Shana Penn (2005)*
  • The Polish Revolution: Solidarity. By Timothy Garton Ash (1999)*
  • To Kill a Priest: the murder of Father Popieluszko and the fall of Communism. By Kevin Ruane (2004) BX 4705 .P795 R 82 200
  • Democratization in Poland : 1988-90. Polish voices .Edited and translated by George Sanford. (1992) JN 6752 .D431 1992
  • Poland's jump to the market economy: based on the Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures delivered at the London School of Economics, January 1991. By Jeffrey Sachs. (1993) HC 340.3 .S21 19
  • The Unplanned society: Poland during and after communism. Edited by Janine R. Wedel. (1992) HN 538.5 .U57 1991
  • Polish Americans and their history: community, culture, and politics. By John J. Bukowczyk E 184 .P7 P6848 1996*

9s Polish Films

"Dekalog po Dekalogu"
9s Polish Films

The documentary film series inspired by Kieślowski’s Decalogue. In Polish with English subtitles.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Copernicus Endowment, CREES, and UMMA. Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S. State.
Sun, Jan 24, 6-7:30 pm
Parts I-III (82 min., 2008).
Introduction: Professor Herb Eagle, U-M Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sun, Jan 31, 6-7:30 pm
Parts IV-VI (81 min., 2008).
Sun, Feb 7, 6-8 pm
Parts VII-X (118 min., 2008).

Phone: (734) 764-0351

Further Information

Produced by: Telewizja Polska S.A. (POLAND), 2008
THE DECALOGUE... AFTER THE DECALOGUE is a cycle of documentaries based on Beata Januchta’s concept of an elevator trip through reality. This project is an explicit reference to Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Decalogue, which premiered 20 years ago and inspired the series. A new generation of directors developed this series about ordinary people —at times disoriented, overwhelmed, and in search of their identity. Each part is an original interpretation of one of the Ten Commandments posing a question, a statement, or a puzzle. Integrating the ten stories is Michał Lorenz's music and images of an old ten-story elevator, an ordinary place that offers moral lessons, each floor revealing a message.

Movie Showing


Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: 251 French Hall

Co-Sponsored by the Department of History and the UM-Flint Historical Society

Phone: (810) 762-3366
Web site:

As the Republic of Poland goes through a tumultuous period of revival after World War I, Professor Gabriel Narutowicz (Zdzislaw Mrozewski) becomes the first elected president. But continued conflict between nationalists and opposition forces leads to tragic events. Directed and co-written by renowned Polish filmmaker Jerzy Kawalerowicz, this gripping political drama sheds light on a chaotic time in Poland's history.

Movie Showing


Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: 301 French Hall

Co-Sponsored by the Department of History and the UM-Flint Historical Society.

Phone: (810) 762-3366

Based on the novel “Post Mortem” by Andrzej Mularczyk

The Crime that Stalin couldn't hide. 1940. After Germany’s invasion of Poland, Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the Polish officer corps, slaughtering nearly 22,000 men in Katyn Forest. Based  on this horrific, historical event, KATYN tells the affecting story of our fictional officers and their families as  they struggle to uncover the truth.

9s Polish Films

"Dekalog po Dekalogu"

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2009

Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University

Host Department: Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)

Three documentary films inspired by Kieslowski’s Decalogue series (82 min., 2008). Teraz Ja. Anna Jadowska, director (85 min., 2005). In Polish with English subtitles. Free and open to the public. Sponsors: Copernicus Endowment, CES-EUC, CREES, WCED.

Phone: (734) 764-0351

Further Information

“The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility—from 1789–2009”

In Fall 2009, the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, along with other partnering units at the University of Michigan, will present programs exploring the relationship between world-historic events and the alternative futures they inspired. From the explosion of alternatives in 1919 to the normalization of democratic destinies in 1989, from the crisis of 1929 to the anxieties of 2009, this series will delve into the many iconic “nines” of the modern era.

The Annual Copernicus Lecture

Poland since 1989: A Critical Appraisal
Phone: (734) 764-0351

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: U-M Alumni Center

Directions to the U-M Alumni Center can be found at the following link: http://alumni.umich.edu/contact-AAUM/directions-to-the-alumni-center

The Flint Youth Theatre presents:

Angel in the Night

Written by Joanna Halpert Kraus

Directed by Walter Hill

Would you risk your life to protect a stranger?

Marysia's commitment to protect four strangers is a daily decision to act courageously in the midst of fear. This real-life hero gave food, clothing and shelter to four people in need and gives hope to all who hear her story.

Poland. World War II. The Nazi regime has turned Marysia Pawlina Szul's world upside down. Unlike her Jewish neighbors, this Polish Catholic teenager isn't being targeted for the death camps, but taking a stand against the Nazis means almost certain death. Despite this constant threat and against her mother’s wishes, Marysia decides to shelter and protect a desperate Jewish woman and three helpless Jewish children. This inspirational, true story is a compelling testament to how one individual, with unrelenting courage bolstered by true compassion, can affect the outcome of dire circumstances in which the stakes are nothing short of life and death.

A conversation with the creative team will follow each performance.

For ages 10 and up

Phone: (810) 237-1530


Flint Youth Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503


Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, October 24th at 2:30 pm
Saturday, October 24th at 7:30 pm


Purchase tickets through our automated secure ordering form. 
A $2.50 fee applies to online purchases.

Ticket Center
FYT Box Office at 810.237.1530,  Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm & one hour before performance times.
The Whiting Ticket Center at 888.8CENTER or 810.237.7333, Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm. 
A $2.50 fee applies to telephone purchases made through The Ticket Center.


Advance Tickets: Adults $14, Children $12
Day of Performance: Adults $16, Children $14