Department of Early Modern History was established in 1981, according to the scientific interest and research fields of Professor Wiesław Müller, its first director and chairman. Since October 2003 to February 2011, Janusz Drob, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Catholic Univeristy of Lublin was acting head of the Department. Nowadays (since October 1, 2011) Bogumił Szady, Ph.D. (director) and Arkadiusz Stasiak, Ph.D. have been members of the Department.


The research conducted within the framework of the Department of Early Modern History has always embraced extensive issues – from Old-Polish culture, circulation of information in the 17th century Europe, through Church history in early modern period, to the problems of Iberian and Ibero-American culture and questions concerning the early modern state and regime of Eastern European countries. The broad research profile introduced and then accepted by the founder of the Department and diversification of the scientific activities undertaken during two decades caused that many of members of the Department of Early Modern History could distinguish their own and autonomous research fields: Hubert Łaszkiewicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Catholic Univeristy of Lublin, current head of the Department of East European History, Cezary Taracha, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Catholic Univeristy of Lublin, current head of the Department of Culture and History of Spanish-language Countries.


Scientific tradition, as well as a still wide and variable context of the pursued researches are continued by present members of the Department. Even though Bogumił Szady, Ph.D. started his intellectual journey with church history stricte and canon law problems (Prawo patronatu w Rzeczypospolitej w czasach nowożytnych [Law of Patronage in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in Early Modern Period. The Basis and Structure], Lublin  2003), in recent years he focused primarily on the historical geography of confessions and denominations (Geografia struktur religijnych i wyznaniowych w Koronie w II połowie XVIII w. [Geography of Religious and Denominational Structures in the Crown of Polish Kingdom in the Second Half of the 18th Century], Lublin 2010) and daringly dealt with questions of the spatial dimension of other social and historical factors and elements of cultural landscape (settlement, demography etc.). He effectively applies computer and IT technologies, first of all geographic information systems and spatio-temporal databases, to spatial humanities analysis, historical geography and historical cartography. He is the creator and director of geoinformation course for the students of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Arkadiusz Stasiak, Ph.D., touches upon the problems of the Polish noble culture, with special interest in the history of the Polish political thought and political philosophy of Europe (Ideał monarchy w pismach Marcina Kromera [Idea of monarch in writings of Marcin Kromer], Olsztyn 2003; Patriotyzm w myśli konfederatów barskich [Patriotism in thought of Bar confederats], Lublin 2005; The idea of patriotism in the political thought in Poland during the Enlightenment, in: Whose Love of Which Country? Composite States, National Histories and Patriotic Discourses in Early Modern East Central Europe, Edited by Balázs Trencsényi and Márton Zászkaliczky, Brill, Leiden – Boston 2010, pp. 711 – 734]. Apart from research and studies, members of the Department take an active part in scientific and educational cooperation, both in Poland and abroad (conferences, research projects, Erasmus-Socrates exchange).