Historic Exhibition Online
Polish history in 6 minutes
Short animated videos presenting Poland’s historical impact on the world
The Polish Lithuanian Union 1385-1795
The Polish-Lithuanian union lasted over 400 years. In 1619 the Polish-Lithuanian state was the second biggest country in Europe. During the battle of Grunwald in July 1410 the combined power of Poland and Lithuania crashed the might of Teutonic Order – find out more about interesting facts from Polish history.
The Noblemen’s democracy of Poland and Lithuania
Golden Liberty (Latin: Aurea Libertas; Polish: Zlota Wolnosc, Lithuanian: Auksine laisve), sometimes referred to as Golden Freedoms, Nobles’ Democracy or Nobles’ Commonwealth (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Szlachecka or Zlota wolnosc szlachecka, Latin: aurea libertas) was a unique political system in the Kingdom of Poland and, after the Union of Lublin (1569), in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Under that system, all nobles (szlachta), regardless of rank or economic status, were considered to have equal legal status and enjoyed extensive legal rights and privileges. The nobility controlled the legislature (the Sejm — the Polish parliament) and the Commonwealth’s elected king
Women fighting for Polish independence
Polish women fought for Poland’s independence including in the battle of Monte Cassino which was won by the Allies in 1944. Find out more about brave Polish women fighting for Polish independence throughout history.
Poland’s underground state
The Polish Underground State (Polish: Polskie Panstwo Podziemne, also known as the Polish Secret State) is a collective term for the underground resistance organizations in Poland during World War II, both military and civilian, that were loyal to the Government of the Republic of Poland in exile in London. The first elements of the Underground State were established in the final days of the German invasion of Poland that began in September 1939.
Tolerance in the Rzeczpospolita
In the Rzeczpospolita all religious faiths were proclaimed equal 25 years earlier than France’s edict of Nantes of 1598. Warsaw Confederation Act of 1573 for freedom of religion was added to UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.
Source: Polish Cultural Institute
The Animated History of Poland
An 8 minute video, depicting the history of Poland through animation, prepared by Tomasz Baginski for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.