A process of what art historians are calling ‘decolonisation’ is underway as museums help ‘restore’ stolen artefacts to their rightful owners through either directly returning them or creating exhibitions with the help of locals.
The traditions of Polish and Moscow, later Russian political cultures are polar opposites, says historian Professor Andrzej Nowak from the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Academy of Sciences, the author of the recently published book Polska i Rosja. Sąsiedztwo wolności i despotyzmu X-XXI w. (Poland and Russia. The Neighbourhood of Freedom and Despotism in 10th-21st century).
Is it possible that the team working for almost 70 years on a historic atlas of 16th century Poland made such a huge, cardinal error? How did we lose a forest? These questions started the scientific search for the alleged forest that disappeared from the map of the border of old Polish districts of Poznań and Kościan.
The bust of an elderly man and digital images of a young woman and a young man are the results of research conducted on human skulls found in an early medieval stronghold. The appearance of the former inhabitants of Upper Lusatia was recreated by anthropologists, archaeologists and visual artists.
The archives of Ukrainian special services are the equivalent of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance collections. They contain the secrets of NKVD, KGB, operating methods. Taking over these archives would be a great success for the Russians, says Professor Grzegorz Motyka, a historian and director of the Institute of Political Studies PAS.