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For the Western Institute in Melbourne, see Victoria University, Australia.
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The Western Institute in Poznań (Polish: Instytut Zachodni, German West-Institut, French: Institute Occidentale) is a scientific research society focusing on the Western provinces of Poland - Kresy Zachodnie (including Greater Poland, Silesia, Pomerania), history, economy and politics of Germany, and the Polish-German relations in history and today.

Established by professor Zygmunt Wojciechowski in 1944 in Warsaw, since 1945 based in Poznań. There were branches in Warsaw (1945–53), Wrocław (1948–49) and scientific posts in Kraków and Olsztyn.

Full name: Instytut Zachodni. Instytut Naukowo-Badawczy im. Zygmunta Wojciechowskiego w Poznaniu


Communist era publications

Most of the institutes publications during the communist era that refer to Polish-German questions have an anti-German slant based on political considerations. This is due to the Polish communist regimes belief that perpetuating "the idea of eternal German-Polish enmity was key to its own efforts to justify that regime's existence in Polish eyes". However, it should also be noted that "while many of the historical works published by this institute have revealed its overriding political purpose, it has also sponsored a good deal of high-quality research at a time when Polish scholars had few other outlets."[1]

The directors

Main publications

  • The Western Review (Przegląd Zachodni)
  • Polish Western Affairs
  • La Pologne et les Affaires Occidentales

See also


  1. ^ Richard Blanke, The American Historical Review, Vol. 97, No. 2. Apr., 1992, pp. 580-582. Review of: Włodzimierz Jastrzębski,Der Bromberger Blutsonntag: Legende und Wirklichkeit. and Andrzej Brożek, Niemcy zagraniczni w polityce kolonizacji pruskich prowincji wschodnich (1886-1918) JSTOR

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