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  • Photo: Leszek Sosnowski
    Photo: Leszek Sosnowski

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Nowak

 

Professor Andrzej Nowak - born on 12th November 1960 in Cracow -  a Polish historian and publicist; a professor of humanities, a professor at the Institute of History in Polish Academy of Science (PAN), a professor at the Institute of History at Jagiellonian University (UJ); an editor in chief of a bimonthly ‘Arcana’. Presently a member of the Polish-Russian Historic Commission PAN-RAN, of an editorial college of “Kwartalnik Historyczny”, “Dzieje Najnowsze”, ”Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” and “Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej”; also a member of the Central European Committee and the Central European Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU). In years 2006-2010 a member of the Archival Council at The Head Office of State Archives, a member of the Council of Museum of the History of Poland, and also a Vice President of Historians’ Council at the National Bank of Poland (2007-2010).

 

At the same time, professor Nowak engaged in publishing. First in 1980s, in the so-called ‘the second circulation’, his activity was mainly devoted to Polish relations with its eastern neighbours (he worked, among others, with “Arka”’, "Miesięcznik Małopolska”, "Alternatywy", "Tumult"). From 1988 to 1991 he was a managing editor, and in years 1991-1994 the editor in chief of the derived from the ‘underground’ bimonthly "Ark". Since 1994 professor Nowak has been a chief editor of the cultural-political bimonthly "Arcana".

He is a son of a teacher Jadwiga and of an engineer-metallurgist Antoni. From birth until 1990 he lived at the historic street Oleandry. Professor is a graduate from the Primary School No. 7 (St. Florian, est. 1187) in Cracow, the 5th Witkowski Secondary School (est. 1872), and from the Department of History at the Jagiellonian University (in 1982; a seminary professor - Wladyslaw Serczyka). Since 1990 he has been married to Ewa Justyna Chłap - a PhD in Polish studies. They have two children - Zofia Jadwiga and Stanisław Andrzej.

 

Since January 1983 professor has been associated with the Institute of History PAN in Warsaw (the Institute of European History of 19th and 20th century), where he prepared his PhD thesis (defended in 1990; a promoter was professor Wiktoria Śliwowska). In years 1987-1991 he was a librarian in the Jagiellonian Library. Since 1991 he has been a full time employee in the Institute of History PAN in Warsaw where he worked on his habilitation thesis. This is also where professor has managed (since 2002) the Institute of History of the Soviet Union and Central Europe.

 

From 1996 to 2006 he was a lecturer of international relations of XIX and XX century at Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu in Nowy Sącz. He also delivered lectures and seminar for history of Russia and Polish-Russian relations in the Centre for East European Studies at University of Warsaw (2000-2004) and also in the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University (2001-2008).

 

Since 2004 he has been a professor at the Institute of History at Jagiellonian University and has managed over there the Institute of the History of Eastern Europe. Also at the University, in the Department of History, in 2010/2011 there was conducted a procedure of awarding Andrzej Nowak with an academic title of professor (title awarded by President Bronisław Komorowski).

 

He has promoted 2 PhDs and nearly 70 Masters. He was a promoter of Paweł Zyzak’s Master’s thesis “Lech Wałęsa. Idea and History” (defended in June 2008 and published in 2009 by Publishing House ARCANA). He is a co-editor of series of monographs “ARCANA HISTORII” (till 2011 over 70 titles), where Jacek Bartyzel, Sławomir Cenckiewicz, Antoni Dudek, Marek Kornat, Włodzimierz Marciniak, Richard Pipes, Roman Szporluk, Piotr Wandycz and many others have announced their books; first editions of the classics of Polish historiography (e.g. publications of Adam Krzyżanowski and Władysław Konopczyński) have been also published there.

 

In 1991 a visiting scholar in Institute of East Central Europe at Columbia University in New York; in 1996 a visiting professor at Rice University  in Houston (Texas); in 2002 a visiting professor at University of Masaryk in Brno; in 2003 a guest professor in the Department of History at Harvard University. He gave lectures at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, as well as at Cambridge University, at School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University of London; at University College of Dublin, at Columbia University (New York) and Tokyo University.

 

He participated in over one hundred conferences and congresses, e.g. in Sapporo, Kazan, Tver, Moscow, Paris, London, Cambridge, Stockholm, Venice, New York, Budapest, Rapperswil and Brno.

 

In years 1989-1991 he was a journalist in the international section of a daily newspaper “Czas Krakowski”; he finished a course of international journalism at Reuters’ Agency in London in 1990. Since 1989, systematically, he has been publishing articles and comments in e.g. “Rzeczpospolita”, “Życie”, “Dziennik” and its supplement “Europe”, “Nasz Dziennik”, “Gość Niedzielny”, “Gazeta Polska”, “Tygodnik Solidarność”, “Wprost”. He used to be the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Polskie Radio Kraków S.A., a member of the Programme Council of Polskie Radio S.A. in Warsaw from 1997 till 2001. As the expert of Eastern politics, he is often invited, as a commentator, to many television programs.

 

In years 1980-1981 a member of Independent Students’ Union (NZS), and a delegate to NZS ‘Konwent’ at Jagiellonian University. Since the end of 1981 till 1987 he was a co-organizer of the ‘underground’ “Free Jagiellonian University” (lectures for blue-collar workers’ groups) and an associate of Christian Labour University (organised by a priest Kazimierz Jancarz in Mistrzejowice); in years 1988-1991 an activist in NSZZ “Solidarność” (Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity") at Jagiellonian University (in 1990-91 a member of the Works Committee UJ); a participant of the first and the second International Human Rights’ Conference in Mistrzejowice (1989) and in Leningrad (1990). He was a member of the Lech Kaczyński’s Honorary Committee of Support during presidential elections in 2005. He participated multiple times in seminars organised by President Kaczyński in Lucień. During the elections in 2010 he was a member of Jarosław Kaczyński’s Honorary Committee of Support.

 

Publications:

The professor has published 20 books and nearly 200 articles and scientific reviews in academic journals, post-conference materials and collective works in Poland, Russia, USA, Italy, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia and Germany. He is also an author of over 400 journalistic articles. He has published several dozens of conversations in press with, among others, Alain Besançon, Josif  Brodski, Zbigniew  Brzeziński, Vladimir  Bukovsky, Jarosław Kaczyński, Lech Kaczyński, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Irving  Kristol, Czesław Miłosz, cardinal Stanisław Nagy, father Richard Neuhaus, Michael Novak, Richard  Pipes, Norman  Podhoretz, Roger Scruton, Walt  Rostow, Lech Wałęsa.

 

Published books:

1.  Między  carem  a  rewolucją. Studium politycznej wyobraźni i postaw  Wielkiej  Emigracji wobec Rosji (1831-1849), Warsaw 1994,  ss. 370;

2.  Jak  rozbić  rosyjskie  imperium?  Idee  polskiej  polityki wschodniej (1733-1921), Warsaw 1995, ss. 280; (2 editions: Cracow 1999, ss. 374);

3. Polacy, Rosjanie i biesy. Studia i szkice historyczne z XIX i XX wieku, Cracow 1998, ss. 270;

4. (red.) Kronika Polski, Kraków 1998, ss. 936 pp. (2 editions: Cracow 2000, ss. 944; 3 editions: Warsaw 2002);

5.  Polska  i  „trzy”  Rosje. Studium polityki wschodniej Józefa Piłsudskiego (do kwietnia 1920 roku), Cracow 2001,  ss. 644 (2 editions: Cracow 2009);

6.  Jan Paweł II. Ilustrowana biografia, Cracow 2003; ss. 132 (2 editions – in Polish and English: John Paul II. 1920-2005. Illustrated Biography, Cracow 2005, ss. 144);

7. Ab Imperio: nowe spojrzenia na historie Europy Wschodniej, Cracow 2004, ss. 399;

8. Powrót do Polski. Szkice o patriotyzmie po “końcu historii”, Cracow 2005, ss. 255;

9.  Karol Wojtyła – Jan Paweł II: kronika życia i pontyfikatu, Cracow 2005, ss. 328;

10. (red.) Russia and Eastern Europe: applied „imperiology”, Cracow 2006,  ss. 528;

11. (współred. z  Janem Machnikiem) Józef Piłsudski – wyobraźnia i dzieło polityczne, Cracow 2006, ss. 72;

12. Historie politycznych tradycji. Piłsudski, Putin i inni, Cracow 2007, ss. 403;

13. History and Geopolitics: A Contest for Eastern Europe, Warsaw 2008;  ss. 363;

14. Ofiary, imperia i historycy. Studium przypadków (od końca XVIII do XXI wieku),  Cracow 2009, ss. 272;

15. (co-edited with Andrzej Zięba) Formuły patriotyzmu w Europie Wschodniej i Środkowej. Od nowożytności do współczesności, Cracow 2009, ss. 453;

16. Ojczyzna ocalona. Wojna sowiecko-polska 1919-1920, Cracow 2010, ss. 158;

17. Imperium a ti druzi. Rusko, Polsko a moderni dĕjiny východni Evropy, Brno 2010, ss. 264;

18. Od Polski do post-polityki. Intelektualna historia zapaści RP, Cracow 2010, ss. 341;

19. (red.)  Imperial Victims/Empires as Victims: 44 Views. Ofiary imperiów/imperia jako ofiary: 44 spojrzenia, Warsaw 2010, ss. 640;

20. Imperiological Studies. A Polish Perspective [in print] Cracow 2011.

 

Awards:

Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal – awarded by Jozef Pilsudski Institute in America in 2011;

Awards of Chancellor’s UJ for extraordinary scientific achievements: 2009 and 2010;

Awards KLIO  (jury: T. Szarota, B. Grochulska, J. Kieniewicz, H. Samsonowicz, J. Tazbir, M. Turski, T. Żółciński) – for the best historic book: in 1995 (for „Jak robić rosyjskie imperium”), in 1998 (for „Kronika Polski”) and in 2001 (for „Polska i trzy Rosje…”);

Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi ¬ - for contribution in organizational work for IH PAN: 2003;

Jerzy Łojek Award (awarded by Jozef Pilsudski Institute in America in New York) for historic work concerning Polish traditions of fights for independence: 1999

The award given by „Przegląd Wschodni”: for the best book about the history of Eastern Europe: 1995

The award of Foundation POLCUL – for publicist activity in ‘second circulation’: 1989.

 

Materials for a biography:

Jolanta Workowska, Strażnicy kamienia, „Forum Akademickie”, nr 37 (1/2006)

Ewa Łosińska, Zwyczajny konserwatysta, „Dziennik Polski”, 8 V 2009

Bartłomiej Kuraś, Małgorzata Skowrońska, Historia jednej magisterki, „Gazeta Wyborcza”,  8 V 2009

Nie należę do „salonu” – with professor Andrzej Nowak speaks Mariusz Bober, „Nasz Dziennik”, 12-13 IX 2009

Elżbieta Morawiec, Kim pan jest, profesorze, „Gazeta Polska”, 20 I 2010

Ewa Łosińska, Krakowska przystań konserwatyzmu, „Rzeczpospolita”, 27-28 II 2010

Mateusz Wyrwich , „Próbuję  coś mówić od siebie”. Sylwetka: prof. Andrzej Nowak, „Niedziela”, 3 X 2010