Andrzej Nowak

PhD awarded (date and institution):

June 20, 1990, IH PAN

Further academic qualifications:

Habilitation: 2000 (IH PAN)
Full professorship: 2011


universal Polish history of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly of Eastern Europe and Polish–Russian relations

Additional information

Section for the History of Eastern Europe and the Empires of the 19th and 20th Centuries

– held lectures on the history of Poland and Russia at numerous universities in the United States (Columbia, Harvard, Rice, University of Virginia, Duke, Chapel Hill), Great Britain (Cambridge, University College of London), Canada (Toronto, Simon Fraser, McGill, University of Alberta), as well as in, among others, Brno, Tokyo and Dublin;
– member of the National Development Council appointed by the President of Poland, the Board of the Institute of National Remembrance, Council for Numismatics in the National Bank of Poland, chairman of the Board of the Centre for Polish–Russian Dialogue and Understanding;
– member of the editorial boards of Kwartalnik Historyczny, Dzieje Najnowsze, and editor-in-chief of Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej;
– involved in the samizdat after 1980, during the Martial Law in Poland, co-organised the Free Jagiellonian University (WUJ) offering lectures to groups of workers;
– collaborator of the Christian Workers’ University organised by the Revd Kazimierz Jancarz in Nowa Huta;
– collaborator (after 1983), secretary to the editors (1988–1994) and subsequently the editor-in-chief of the Arka bi-monthly (samizdat until 1989);
– journalist in the international section of Czas Krakowski, 1990–1992 (completed a course on international journalism at the Reuters news agency in London in 1990);
–editor-in-chief of the Arcana bi-monthly (1994–2012).

Selected awards:
the Kazimierz Moczarski Prize (for the book Pierwsza zdrada Zachodu. Zapomniany appeasement 1920 r.), 2016.
2. Best Book of the Year (for Dzieje Polski, vol. 1), by Książki monthly, 2014.
3. the Jerzy Giedroyc Prize – for defence of the Polish raison d’état, 2012.
4. MASTER/MISTRZ from the Foundation for Polish Science, 2011.
5. the Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal from the Józef Piłsudski Institute in New York: 2011.
6. four KLIO awards for the best historical book of the year: Jak robić rosyjskie imperium (1995, 2nd class), Kronika Polski (1998, 2nd class), Polska i trzy Rosje. Polityka wschodnia Piłsudskiego do kwietnia 1920 r. (2001, 1st class), Pierwsza zdrada Zachodu. Zapomniany appeasement 1920 r. (2016, 2nd class).
7. the Jerzy Łojek Prize for work on the traditions of Polish independence movements, 1999.
8. the prize from Przegląd Wschodni for the best book of the year concerning East European history (for Między carem a rewolucją…), 1995.
9. a prize from the POLCUL Foundation for involvement in the samizdat movement, 1989.

Participation in research projects:
MASTER/MISTRZ from the Foundation for Polish Science, 2012–2014.
2.Pierwsza wojna światowa na ziemiach polskich. Oczekiwania-doświadczenia-konsekwencje” [“The First World War on the Polish lands. Expectations – experience – consequences”], NPRH-funded, 2014–2018.

Selected publications:

Thirty books totalling over 300,000 copies, nearly 200 articles and scholarly reviews, several hundred articles for the press.

1. History and Geopolitics: A Contest for Eastern Europe, Warszawa, 2008, pp. 363.
2. Imperium a ti druzi. Rusko, Polsko a moderni dĕjiny východni Evropy, Brno, 2010, pp. 264.
3. [editor] Imperial Victims/Empires as Victims: 44 Views. Ofiary imperiów/imperia jako ofiary: 44 spojrzenia, Warszawa, 2010, pp. 652.
4. Imperiological Studies. A Polish Perspective, Kraków, 2011, pp. 240.
5. “Murder In the Cemetery: Memorial Clashes over the Victims of the Soviet-Polish Wars”, in: Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe, eds. U. Blacker, A. Etkind, J. Fedor, New York, 2013, pp. 149–171.
6. “Eastern Europe and the British Imperial Imagination, 1914–1919”, Studies into the History of Russia and Central-Eastern Europe, 52 (2017), no. 2.
7. “Poland and Central-Eastern Europe: A Star Is Born (14th–15th centuries)”, in: Dziedzictwo/Heritage, ed. A. Szczerski, Kraków, 2017, pp. 30–45.
8. “1956: Memories of Anti-Imperial Rebellions”, in: European Remembrance. Lectures, Discussions, Commentaries, 2012–2016, ed. R. Rogulski, Warszawa, 2016, pp. 255–262.
9. “The Polish-Lithuanian Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Empires, ed. J. MacKenzie, London–New York, 2016.
10. “A ‘Polish Connection’ in American Sovietology, Or the Old Homeland Enmities in the New Host Country Humanities”, in: East and Central European History Writing in Exile 1939–1989, eds. M. Zadencka, A. Plakans, A. Lawaty, Amsterdam–New York, 2015, pp. 375–395.
11. “Political Correctness and Memories Constructed for ‘Eastern Europe’”, in: Memory and Change in Europe – Eastern Perspectives, eds. M. Pakier, J. Wawrzyniak, New York–Oxford, 2015, pp. 38–56.
12. “Russia, Empire, and Evil: Dilemmas and Temptations in Contemporary Russian Political Imagination”, in: Politics, History and Collective Memory in East Central Europe, eds. R. Ritter et al., Hamburg, 2012, pp. 163–196.
13. “Intelligentsias in the Structure of the Empire. The Assimilative Function of the Central Counter-elite”, Acta Poloniae Historica, 100 (2009), no. 2, pp. 32–55.
14. “Unde malum? – H. Carr’s and Richard Pipes’ Visions of the Russian Revolution”, in: East and West. History and Contemporary State of Eastern Studies, eds. J. Malicki, L. Zasztowt, Bibliotheca Europea Orientalis, vol. 34, Warsaw, 2009, pp. 77–102.
15. “Reborn Poland or Resurrected Empire? Questions on the Course and Results of Polish Eastern Policy (1918–1921)”, Lithuanian Historical Studies, 13 (2008), pp. 127–150.
16. [editor] Pamięć imperiów w Europie Wschodniej. Teoretyczne konteksty i porównania, Kraków, 2015, pp. 339.
17–20. [editor] Historie Polski w XIX wieku, vol. 1, Warszawa, 2013, pp. 488; vols. 2–3, Warszawa, 2013, pp. 505, 347; vol. 4, Warszawa, 2015, pp. 606.
21. Pierwsza zdrada Zachodu. 1920: zapomniany appeasement, Kraków, 2015, pp. 606.
22–24. Dzieje Polski, vols. 1–3, Kraków, 2014, 2015, 2017, pp. 384 + 384 + 464.
25. “Kto powiedział, że Moskale są to bracia nas, Lechitów…”. Szkice z historii wyobraźni politycznej Polaków, Kraków, 2016, pp. 686.
26. Imperia, narody i społeczeństwa Europy Wschodniej i Środkowe na progu pierwszej wojny światowej, Warszawa, 2016, pp. 714.