POLES IN THE CULTURE OF PIEMONT IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND THE FIRST DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Ligia Henczel-Wróblewska (Edizioni UAM,Poznań 2014)
December, 9, 2014, at 6.30 p.m., Vicolo Doria 2
Ligia Henczel-Wróblewska – doctor of history in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her research interests are focused on issues of emigration of Poles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Italy. In this regard she works with Italian institutions, libraries, archives. Author of books: Dzieje Polaków we Włoszech (2006), Polacy w kulturze Piemontu w XIX wieku i w pierwszych dekadach XX wieku (2014), Poles in the culture of Piedmont in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century (2014), several articles on the Polish presence and activity in Italy over the centuries and review papers on topics Italian. She is vice-president of the Association of Polonia-Italia in Poznań.
About the book
Polish historiography appertaining to the partecipation of Poles in the culture and socio-political life of Piedmont is modest and scattered. [...] Multifaceted archival research has permitted the author to attain outstanding material that can be used to draw an understanding of general italian issues as well as regional and local matters. Documented have been contacts between the elite of the Polish political emigration and the authorities of Piemont as well as records of the émigrés' contacts with the Piedmontese bureaucracy. [...] The author has sought to extend the readers' konowledge of events admittedly completely unknown to them, yet important fot the justification of particular events that demonstrate the activity of the Poles in th-e totality of socio-political life of Piedimont. [...] Praiseworthy is the author's effort to compile a list of the Poles, who in the years 1855-1880 were seeking permission to depart from the Kongdom of Sardinia. The unique value of the reviewed book lies in the quoted data, derived from the archives of the Prefecture of Turin. [...] This is a study that has drawn on bothbilingual subject literature, and, perhaps most importantly, diverse archival sources and invaluable source publications, generally unknown to researchers. In this case, the author painted a painstaking picture, therebyproviding a starting point for further analytical research on the history of Polish emigration of the nineteenth century, not only in Poland but also in Italy.
dr hab. Jędrzej Paszkiewicz