News & Updates

Centre for Political Thought authors at


Czech portal devoted to discussions about political ideas and practical politics – – presented Czech translations of texts by Krzysztof Mazur (about the idea of freedom in the era of the first Solidarity 1980-1981) and by Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz (about the Polish understanding of political freedom and the EU realities). The translations were prepared as part of the project "From Włodkowic and Chelčicki to Havel and John Paul II. Freedom of the Nation and Individual Freedom in Czech and Polish Political Thought and Culture" – a public task co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the Polish-Czech Forum competition 2017.

Added: 2017-12-29

Website: European Union – Polish and Czech perspective


We invite readers to another OMP website:, where we present texts in the Polish and Czech language versions, prepared within the scope of Polish-Czech undertakings of CPT.

Added: 2017-12-29

Films documenting the Polish-Czech conference on the idea of freedom


Recordings from the conference ‘Freedom of the Nation and Individual Freedom in Czech and Polish Political Thought and Culture. Ideas and Political Practice (Krakow, 20 October 2017)’ are available on our Youtube channel.

Added: 2017-12-29


Lecture by Professor Simon Dixon

On 25 January 2018, the College of Europe Natolin campus has the pleasure to host Professor Simon DIXON of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Professor DIXON will deliver a lecture on "The Failure of Counter-Revolution in Russia". 

Added: 2018-01-17

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence are approaching

2018 will mark a hundred years since Poland regained its independence. On this occasion, many cultural and scientific events devoted to Polish history will take place, including those organized for the recipients outside Poland. We will keep posting information about them on this website. We also encourage you to read the texts on our website, for they present the Polish history of this crucial period, as well as the contemporary Polish political thought.

Added: 2017-12-29

News & Updates cont.

New publication in the series Polish Intellectual Traditions


Literature and Politics after 1989 is an analysis of literature and politics relations after 1989, published in Polish, and prepared by academics from leading Polish academic centers and research institutions. They discuss political themes in the works of Zbigniew Herbert, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Czesław Miłosz, Marek Nowakowski, Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz, Bronisław Wildstein and Rafał Ziemkiewicz, and present their influence on the intellectual life of the Third Polish Republic, as well as controversies which they aroused. The authors of the volume consider how the analyzed works describe Polish reality, and how they have changed this reality. It is an interdisciplinary lesson on our contemporary literature, and also a voice in the discussion about contemporary Poland.

Added: 2017-12-29

Website about the Polish-Bolshevik war


The Centre for Political Thought has prepared a website dedicated to the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1919-1921. Source texts, studies and interviews discussing one of the most important military battles of the 20th century, in which Poland stopped the expansion of communist Russia to the West, will be available at English version of the site is currently being prepared.

Added: 2017-12-29

Quote of the day

There are two foundations of human society from which it would be suicidal to separate ourselves: liberty and property. Socialism removes them both.

Walerian Kalinka (1826-1886), The Downfall of France and the Future of Europe (1871)

This website is a part of the project entitled ‘Polish Political Thought and Independence: A Program for the Promotion of Polish Intellectual Heritage Abroad’, generously funded
by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as A part of ‘Public Diplomacy 2017’ programme, component ‘Collaboration in the field of Public Diplomacy 2017’.
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