General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The religious culture of Poznań and Greater Poland (Wielkopolska), 966-2018
Language English
Module lecturer ks. prof. UAM dr hab. Paweł Zając
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Prof. UAM
Faculty Faculty of Theology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 16
USOS code 12-AP23


The information will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Module aim (aims)

To give an introduction to the history of religious culture of Greater Poland (in the broader contex of the history of Poland)

To provide necessary tools and information for further study

To increase ability of critical evaluation of archival sources

To appreciate focus on micro-history

To place the history of the region (Greater Poland) in the context of broader history of Poland


Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Awareness of the specificity of historical discourse

Basic knowledge of the history of Poland and Europe

Ability to engage in analysis and synthesis of historical material


  1. Pre-Christian traditions and christianization - cathedrals and churches of Greater Poland
  2. Medieval monasticism and early ecclesiastical structures
  3. Religious intellectual culture in the Renaissance period
  4. Reformation and protestant communities in Greater Poland
  5. Post-Tridentine Catholic piety
  6. Enlightenment in Poznan and in the region
  7. Bishops of Poznan as senators of the Kingdom
  8. Flourishing Catholic culture in 19th century
  9. Leaders and role-models among the clergy and lay people in the contemporary era
  10. History in practice: mapping of Greater Poland
  11. History in practice: oldest medieval sources
  12. History in practice: daily life in an Cistercian monastery
  13. History in practice: Bohemian Brethren in Greater Poland
  14. History in practice: Jewish traditions
  15. History in practice: 19th-century noble families 
  16. History in practice: missionary outreach of the local Church in 20th century


Reading list

“Kronika Miasta Poznania” (various issues).

Archidiecezja poznańska dawniej i dzisiaj, Poznań: „Wydawnictwo Św. Wojciecha” 2018.

Davies N. God’s Playground. A History of Poland, 2 vol., Oxford University Press 2005.

Dworzaczkowa J., Bracia czescy w Wielkopolsce w XVI i XVII wieku, Warszawa: „Semper” 1997.

Kloczowski J., A History of Polish Christianity, Cambridge University Press 2000.

Lehner U., Printy M., ed., A Companion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe. Brill 2010

Prastary Kościół poznański, opr. R. Rybacki, Poznań 2022.

Wandycz P., The Lands of Partitioned Poland, 1795-1918, Seattle 1975.