Witold Kula

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kula, Witold


Born Apr. 18, 1916, in Warsaw. Polish economist and historian.

Kula graduated from the University of Warsaw, where he has been a professor since 1950. He has written on the socioeconomic history of Poland, particularly of the feudal and early capitalist periods, and he has also dealt with methodological problems. He helped initiate the series Studies on the History of Industry and the Working Class in Poland. Kula also edited the second volume of the History of Poland (1958–59).


Szkice o manufakturach w Polsce XVIII w., vols. 1–3. Warsaw, 1956.
Problemy i metody historii gospodarczej. Warsaw, 1963.
Miary i ludzie. Warsaw, 1970.
In Russian translation:
Formirovanie kapitalizma v Pol’she. Moscow, 1959.
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The words of Witold Kula (2001: 234), a Polish economic historian, can be applied to HET as well: 'To understand the others: this is the historian's aim.
For example, using Witold Kula's An Economic Theory of the Feudal System: Toward a Model of the Polish Economy, 1500-1800 (1962), Boldizzoni adeptly demonstrates how feudal social structures and economic dynamics map poorly onto basic expectations from microeconomics.
The idea of an export driven 'second serfdom' that is supposed to have developed in the aftermath of the seventeenth-century crisis in East Elbian Germany, Poland and Russia is largely derived from the theories of Witold Kula and several works of Marxist-Leninist synthesis that were published in the 1950s and 60s.