Adam Daniel Rotfeld is a scholar, diplomat, and author whose many books include Where Is the World Headed? and Poland in an Uncertain World. He is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and former director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Initiative (SIPRI). He has served on numerous boards and scientific councils in Poland and abroad, including the Aspen Ministers Forum, Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative and European Leadership Network. Rotfeld is a professor of humanities at the University of Warsaw.
Poland and Russia have a long relationship that encompasses centuries of mutual antagonism, war, and conquest. The twentieth century has been particularly intense, including world wars, revolution, massacres, national independence, and decades of communist rule—for both countries. Since the collapse of communism, historians in both countries have struggled to come to grips with this difficult legacy.
This pioneering study, prepared by the semi-official Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters, is a comprehensive effort to document and fully disclose the major conflicts and interrelations between the two nations from 1918 to 2008, events that have often been avoided or presented with a strong political bias. This is the English translation of this major study, which has received acclaim for its Polish and Russian editions.
The chapters offer parallel histories by prominent Polish and Russian scholars who recount each country’s version of the event in question. Among the topics discussed are the 1920 Polish-Russian war, the origins of World War II and the notorious Hitler-Stalin pact, the infamously shrouded Katyn massacre, the communization of Poland, Cold War relations, the Solidarity movement and martial law, and the renewed relations of contemporary Poland and Russia.