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Presented By: Copernicus Center for Polish Studies

CCPS Lecture. How to Write History from Below and Why it Matters: A Conversation with Adam Leszczyński about his People’s History of Poland

Adam Leszczyński, journalist, sociologist, and historian

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Adam Leszczyński’s People’s History of Poland shifts the lens of history to focus on the lower and working classes to retell the history of Poland from the perspective of serfs, industrial workers, domestic servants, and their turbulent road to (relative) emancipation. The book became an instant hit in Poland, selling nearly 50 thousand copies and sparking lively debates. In his lecture, Dr. Leszczyński will discuss his method and will reflect on the varied reactions to this new telling of national history.

Adam Leszczyński is a journalist, sociologist, and historian. He specializes on social history and historical sociology, teaching courses on journalism and the history of Poland at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. He is a co-founder of, a non-profit, investigative journalist and fact-checking project, created to preserve freedom of speech and secure access to information in Poland. Leszczyński is a frequent contributor to, writing about Polish politics and history, and the Law and Justice government’s politics of memory.

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