Theme I: The Incredible Cosmopolitanism of Wroclaw

Editor’s Note

The incredible part of Wroclaw’s story—here retold through the editorial vision of the city’s Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz (2002–2018)—is its ability to project itself into the progressive reaches of the twenty-first century while not forgetting its cultural past. The 14 short essays on Wroclaw attest to its resilience through time, its destruction during the Second World War and rejuvenation thereafter, and its subsequent transformation into a pan-European city after the fall of the Soviet led communist bloc. The ‘incredible’ cosmopolitanism is of a city that over the last 1,000 years has known both Europe’s traditions and modernities: its wars, destructions, and upheavals; its humanism and religions; and its sense of community—Silesian, German, Polish, East European, and now that of the European Union. It rightfully earned its place in 2016 as a European Capital of Culture.

doi: 10.18278/aia.4.2.2

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