Andrzej Nowak

Andrzej Nowak is one of the most influential historians and publicists in modern Poland. He is a professor at Jagiellonian University and at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where he is the head of the Section for the History of Eastern Europe and the Empires of the 19th and 20th Centuries Before that he was visiting professor at Rice University. He was the co-founder and for many years, chief editor of the prestigious conservative cultural-political magazine “Arcana.” He cooperates with the monthly “Wpis” regularly and is one of the main authors of the publishing house Biały Kruk. He has received many awards and honors, including the Order of the White Eagle (Polish: Order Orła Białego), Poland’s highest order which is awarded only to the most distinguished Poles. Nowak has published over 40 books and more than 200 historical publications in scientific periodicals and dozens of articles, reviews and interviews. His main research areas are cultural and political history of Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, political philosophy, international political relations, and modern mass-media. He has published several books about the Polish-Russian relations. He is currently the president of the Advisory Council of The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, as well as a member of the Council of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance. Due to his expertise in history and modern politics he is a frequent guest of radio programs and talk shows. Between 1980 and 1988 Nowak was involved in anti-Communist journalistic and educational activities, publishing many articles in so-called underground magazines, such as “Arka,” “Miesięcznik Małopolski,” “Alternatywy,” and “Tumult.” He also participated in a system of alternative lectures of history for workers organized during the martial law in Poland by the catholic priest Kazimierz Jankowski in Krakow-Nowa Huta (Christian University for Workers) and in the so called Free Jagiellonian University. He took part in two international conferences on human rights—in Kraków-Mistrzejowice in 1989 and in Leningrad in 1990. Between 1989 and 1991 he worked in the international section of the independent daily “Czas Krakowski.” After that he concentrated on his academic career and transferred to the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and then to the Jagiellonian University. Nowak is best known for his monumental history of Poland (“Dzieje Polski”). Currently, he has finished four volumes of the planned 11.