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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Adam Węgłowski

Adam Węgłowski

was born in 1975. He is a regular contributor to “Focus Historia” magazine, alongside writing history books and crime novels.

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The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song

The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
A Brief History of Global Diseases

Reading / society
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we keep hearing that we are living in the ‘new normal’. But how exactly have previous pandemics changed world history? Adam Węgłowski
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April in History

April in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of April. Adam Węgłowski
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Seven Lucky Bastards

Seven Lucky Bastards
Happy Tales of Misfortune

Magazine / science
They say that fortune favours the brave, but sometimes, when the worst possible circumstances strike, you simply need a big slice of luck – as the stories of these seven hapless souls show. Adam Węgłowski
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The Sorrows of Young Cornflower

The Sorrows of Young Cornflower
An Alternative Floral History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which one of the great literary talents was, in fact, an intensely blue flower. Adam Węgłowski
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On the Carousel for 400 Years

On the Carousel for 400 Years
A History of the Theme Park in Europe

Magazine / society
The carousel – a staple of modern fun fairs – has a long history in Europe. In fact, we can trace its origin all the way back to the 17th-century Ottoman Empire. Adam Węgłowski
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March in History

March in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of March. Adam Węgłowski
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February in History

February in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of February. Adam Węgłowski
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski
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The Dream Time

The Dream Time
An Alternative Somnological History

Magazine / science
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which humans join hibernating animals with a deep sleep through the winter months. Adam Węgłowski
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December in History

December in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of December. Adam Węgłowski
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Empire of the Alexandrinas

Empire of the Alexandrinas
An Alternative Literary History

Reading / culture
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Great Library of Alexandria was saved by Julius Caesar. Adam Węgłowski
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Eyes of Green

Eyes of Green
21 Trees That Bear Witness to History

Reading / science
Trees can live for hundreds – and in some cases, tens of thousands – of years, making them the most well-versed historians… if only we could communicate with them. Adam Węgłowski
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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski
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November in History

November in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of November. Adam Węgłowski
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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of October. Adam Węgłowski
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A Holiday Attraction

A Holiday Attraction
Zombification in Haiti

Magazine / science
In Haiti, belief in the black magic voodoo has led to cases of people apparently becoming zombies. In fact, during a holiday stay on the island state, one of our authors might have been victim to zombification himself... Adam Węgłowski
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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous football victory over their Central European neighbours, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski
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The 666 Faces of the Beast

The 666 Faces of the Beast
How to Find the Devil Everywhere

Magazine / society
For people with hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, the number 666 is more than just a superstition; it’s a shockingly omnipresent Satanic symbol... Adam Węgłowski
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The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen
A Pocket Compendium of Demonology

Magazine / society
You never know when Lucifer might rear his evil head! Keep a look out with our pocket guide to malevolent beings from across the world. Adam Węgłowski
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Children of the World, Unite!

Children of the World, Unite!
An Alternative History of the Crusades

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which the Children’s Crusade was a success. Adam Węgłowski
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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski
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June in History

June in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of June. Adam Węgłowski
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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫

The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫

Media / Audio
We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski.
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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski
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September in History

September in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of September. Adam Węgłowski
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Planet of the Birds

Planet of the Birds
An Alternative Avian History

Reading / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which birds won the evolutionary race. Adam Węgłowski
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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of May. Adam Węgłowski
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23rd April 1564

23rd April 1564
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1564, the British playwright William Shakespeare was born… Or was he? And was it actually Shakespeare who authored the nearly 40 plays and 150 sonnets attributed to his name? Adam Węgłowski
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Oh Freedom, Where Art Thou?

Oh Freedom, Where Art Thou?
The Art of the Prison Break

Magazine / society
From Daedalus to Alcatraz, prison escapes have a long (and often romanticized) history. Adam Węgłowski
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29th March 1857

29th March 1857
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1857, a young Indian soldier in an infantry regiment of the British East India Company decided to take a stand against his British masters. His actions kickstarted a major rebellion. Adam Węgłowski
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6th February 1936

6th February 1936
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1936, the Olympic flame burned from up high, announcing the start of the Winter Olympics hosted by… the Third Reich. The games were a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Adam Węgłowski
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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski
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The Woes of Pope Frances

The Woes of Pope Frances
An Alternative Papal History

Magazine / science
We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Adam Węgłowski
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Beniowskian Poland

Beniowskian Poland
An Alternative Colonial History

Magazine / society
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which Poland’s inter-war dreams of colonizing Madagascar were actually realized. Adam Węgłowski
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The St. Nicholas Code

The St. Nicholas Code
The Mysterious Origins of Santa Claus

Magazine / science
It’s easy enough to recognize who Santa Claus is, but his namesake’s story is not quite so simple. In fact, it’s possible that St. Nicholas never even existed… Adam Węgłowski