The monograph, which consists of texts by 18 researchers from all over Poland, will be published in early July this year. The authors, mostly experienced and well-known scientists, address topics such as collectivisation, culture and traditions of villages in the areas incorporated into Poland after World War II. They represent various disciplines of science: sociology, history, cultural science, which makes the book an interdisciplinary view of the countryside, diverse and from many perspectives.
The book is divided into two parts. The first one is entitled “The Long Shadow of War - the Power Demands, the Village Deals”, which contains articles on, among others, the enfranchisement of farms, collectivisation of villages, the activity of state farms or the modernisation of agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s. The second part is entitled “Heritage - Unwanted, Difficult, Tame” and includes texts dealing with the following issues: development and architectural development of rural areas, cultural traditions and the identity of rural residents. The authors of the texts are researchers from academic centres all over Poland, including Wrocław, Olsztyn, Łódź, Zielona Góra, Szczecin and Słupsk. Historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers; scientists, museum workers, regionalists.
The publication is the result of a conference held in May 2019.