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A project initiated by prof. Zenon Nowak at the Institute of History and Archives of  Nicolaus Copernicus University in 1981. Since 1999 it has been run at the Faculty of History by prof. Roman Czaja  in cooperation with prof. Jürgen Sarnowsky from Universität Hamburg.

The main objective of the project is comparative research on knightly orders in medieval and modern Europe. In the two-year cycle, international conferences on selected issues are organized. The papers presented at the conference have been published since 2011 in the Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica. Yearbook for the Military Orders, a continuation of the Ordines Militares series. Colloquia Torunensia Historica. In addition to papers from the conference,  the journal contains  articles, polemics, study reviews, source contributions and reviews of the history of knightly orders in English, German and French.


Polish-French Polonium Program implemented in the years 2013-2014 by the Faculty of History of  Nicolaus Copernicus University and the Center d’Etudes des Mondes Moderne et Contemporain at  Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III  in France as part of Cultural exchange between the royal courts of Poland and France in the modern era project.

Thanks to the cooperation of prof. Jarosław Dumanowski with the Universities of Bordeaux 3 and Paris 4 Sorbonne, it is possible to write Polish-French master’s theses in Bordeaux and Torun and international Phd dissertations co-tutelle. The cooperation with the University of Bordeaux made it possible to establish collaboration  with the University of Paris 4 Sorbonne Central European Centre and the European Institute of History and Feeding Cultures  in Tours. Professor Jaroslaw Dumanowski implements National Science Centre ( NCN ) grants  Cultural history of French wines in Poland and Old Polish recipes. Elaboration and edition  of scattered source material.


The project of publishing the oldest Polish culinary texts at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw under the supervision of prof. Jaroslaw Dumanowski (from 2016 member of IEHCA scientific council) in cooperation with the Museum of the King John III Palace in Wilanów.

The research on food history have resulted in cooperation with the European Institute of Food History and Culture in France: participation of students and PhD students at IEHCA summer school in Tours, European Food Education Season and Nomadic Food projects, seminars on the prospects of UNESCO registration for Polish food traditions. The MPC’s publications have contributed to the development of research into the history and culture of food, cooperation with food producers, tourism organizers, the Ministry of Agriculture, local authorities, museums and food service schools, becoming an important tool in popularizing history and promoting traditional food.


Research carried out by prof. Wojciech Chudziak from the Institute of Archeology of the Faculty of History concerns interdisciplinary studies on the border of the Piast state, aimed at the system of interregional communication and transfer infrastructure. Islands and settlements situated on long-distance routes connecting Greater Poland with Lubusz, Pomerania and Mazovia are of utmost importance. The location of posts is an indication of territorial divisions in the tribal and state periods. The representatives of the natural sciences and the humanities are involved in the project.The research included radiocarbon, metallographic, archeobotanic and archaeozoan analyzes. The findings are published in  the monographic series Mons Sancti Laurentii.


The project is part of the European-wide project “The European Atlases of Historic Towns” under the auspices of the International Commission for the History of Towns, which aims to create a database of cartographic sources for comparative studies on urbanization in Europe and urban spatial transformation. Currently the project is being implemented in 18 European countries and its effect is atlases of over 500 cities. Works on the “Historical Atlas of Polish Cities” in the years 2012-2016 were conducted within the framework of the NPRH’s Historical Atlas of Polish Cities, led by prof. Roman Czaja. According to the plan adopted within the framework of the project, 11 historic atlases ( Świecie, Chojnice, Ostróda, Mragowo, Koronowo, Fordon, Wloclawek, Wieliczka, Bochnia, Ziębice, Ząbkowice ) were prepared and published. All volumes are divided into a textual and a cartographic part. Works on this project are ongoing and  the atlases of other cities will be published in due time.


Since 1999, the Faculty of History has been cooperating with the Faculty of Earth Sciences (Biology) in the field of reconstruction of Poland’s climate in the last millennium. The project is carried out by historians, climatologists, dendrochronologists, geophysicists (from Canada, University of Calgary, Alberta). The  cooperation resulted in a three-year research project entitled “Reconstruction of climate in the Polish lands during the 16th and 19th centuries on the basis of historical, dendroclimatological, geophysical and instrumental sources”. The findings of this project  were  subsequently published in renowned foreign journals. Moreover, a number of case studies and climatological analyzes resulting from the study is  planned to be published as a separate monographs and in articles in renowned scientific journals.


Prof. Krzysztof Cyrek conducts interdisciplinary studies on the Palaeolithic settlement in the Biśnik Cave, and on the Cracow-Czestochowa Upland. The studies include:


This is a joint project of the Faculty of History of  Nicolaus Copernicus University and the Faculty of Communication of the University of Vilnius. It emerged  from a collaboration dating back to the 1990s, focusing on the issues of private sphere literature – egodocuments / testimonies and personal texts in which the author talks about himself, his personality, values and mentality. This issue has been dynamically developing across Europe and in the world. It is one of the original and vital research approaches in modern anthropological research. The researchers present their studies abroad, mainly in France and Germany, and invite scholars to Poland. The above study places  NCU Faculty of History   in the stream  of  internationally significant  research. Cooperation with the University of Vilnius took the form of a project financed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Consequently, annual seminars of scholars from Poland, Lithuania and other European countries were organized.


Since 2009, the Polish Historical Mission at the University of Julius Maximilian in Würzburg has been active in Germany. This is a foreign research centre of  Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, which is organically linked to the Faculty of History of this university. It was founded on August 1, 2001 in Göttingen, at the Max Planck Historical Institute. The mission facilitates cooperation of Polish and German historians. As a result of the liquidation of the Max Planck Historical Institute, the Polish Historical Mission was transferred to the University of Julius Maximilian in Würzburg in September 2009. The Mission boasts its own journal titled Bulletin of the Polish Historical Mission. Apart from that, it also  organizes conferences, publishes and carries out research within grants.