Piotr J. Wróbel

Piotr J. Wróbel holds the Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Toronto. He has authored or coauthored about fifty scholarly articles and nine books, including The Historical Dictionary of Poland, 1945-1996 and Nation and History: Polish Historians from the Enlightenment and the Second World War, coedited with Peter Brock and John D. Stanley.

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The Origins of Modern Polish Democracy is a series of closely integrated essays that traces the idea of democracy in Polish thought and practice. It begins with the transformative events of the mid-nineteenth century, which witnessed revolutionary developments in the socioeconomic and demographic structure of Poland, and continues through changes that marked the postcommunist era of free Poland.

“This important book, to which many of the leading scholars of the subject have contributed, provides a clear and accessible account of the evolution of Polish democratic thought and of the aspirations of the Polish people for a democratic political system from the 1863 January Uprising to the present day. It fills a long-felt need in the scholarship on this topic.”

Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University