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Cracow : an illustrated history
Żygulski, Zdzisław.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hippocrene Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 157 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
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Includes index.
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DK4720 .Z95 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This concise volume offers the reader a panoramic view of Cracow, from its mythical founding to its designation as a European City of Culture in the twenty-first century. Enriched by fifty illustrations and photographs, it explores the city's continuing role as Poland's cultural, social, and educational centre.

Author Notes

Dr. Zygulski resides in Cracow, where he has served as Curator of the National Museum of Cracow and Professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts-Cracow

Table of Contents

1 Legends and Historiesp. 1
Primeval History of the Slavs and Mysterious Moundsp. 1
Legends Instead of Historical Sourcesp. 2
The Oldest Historical Tidings of Cracowp. 7
King Boleslaw the Bravep. 10
King Boleslaw the Bold and Bishop Stanislawp. 13
Capital of the State Divided into Principalitiesp. 14
Tartar Invasion and the Location of a New Cityp. 18
2 The Time of Gloryp. 25
The Polish State United--Wladyslaw the Short Crowned in Cracowp. 25
King Kazimierz the Greatp. 29
Capital of Poland and Lithuaniap. 34
The Golden Age of Gothic Cracowp. 38
The Renaissance in Cracowp. 41
Tapestries of Wawelp. 47
The First Elective Kingsp. 49
The Vasa Dynastyp. 53
3 The Time of Declinep. 61
Cracow Captured by the Swedesp. 61
Last Polish Kings and the Partitions of the Countryp. 66
4 The Struggle for Liberty and the Rebirthp. 73
Tadeusz Kosciuszko Declares the Insurrection of 24 March 1794p. 73
The Napoleonic Wars and Cracow as a Free Cityp. 78
Successive Uprisingsp. 81
Galician Autonomyp. 82
Spiritual Capital of the Nationp. 86
Young Polandp. 93
Jozef Pilsudski and World War Ip. 103
The Inter-War Periodp. 107
World War IIp. 118
Communist Dominationp. 133
The Patriotic Cityp. 137
Cracow in the Years 1989-2000p. 143
Indexp. 149