Nowhere is history of civilization and culture reflected as faithfully as in the history of cities. Stories of cities are so fascinating that they have spawned their own genre: “biographies of cities”.
In Poland there are “biographies” of Wrocław (Microcosm by Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse) and Gdańsk (Gdańsk. Biography of the City by Peter Oliver Loew). Cracow in the European Coreby prof. Jack Purchla has merited two editions in an album form. The new version brings out the literary, “biographical” aspect of the book. The cultural history of Kraków written by Prof Purchla covers the entire spectrum of the city’s history – from the earliest times to the present. It is so far its only complete synthesis.
Second (revised and updated) edition