Sunday, December 28, 2014

Historian Anna Cienciala Died on December 24, 2014

With great sadness, the Polish American Historical Association says farewell to Prof. Anna Cienciala, specialist in 20th century Polish and Russian history. She died on December 24, 2014 at the age of 85.

Born on November 8, 1929 in the Free City of Danzig (Gdansk, Poland), Cienciala studied in Poland, France, England and Canada. Her B.A. was at Liverpool University (1952) and her M.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (1955). She went on to complete a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in Bloomington (1962) under the supervision of Prof. Piotr S. Wandycz. After teaching Eastern European history at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto in Canada, she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1965, teaching there until 2002.

Cienciala received awards from the NEH, Fulbright, IREX, ACLS, the Hall Center at University of Kansas, the Polish government (Cross of Merit) and the Union of Polish Writers Abroad award. She served on the Board of Directors of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America and on the Editorial Board of The Polish Review. 

You may read her lectures on the University of Kansas's website:

Her biography on Wikipedia may be found here.

Books and Articles:

  •  Anna M. Cienciala, Poland the Western Powers, 1938-1939. A Study in the Interdependence of Eastern and Western Europe, London, Toronto, 1968. 

  • Anna M. Cienciala and Titus Komarnicki, From Versailles to Locarno, Keys to Polish Foreign Policy, 1919-1925, Lawrence, KS, 1984. 

  • Anna M. Cienciala, "The Battle of Danzig and the Polish Corridor at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919," ch. 5, in: Paul Latawski, ed., The Reconstruction of Poland, 1914-23, Basingstoke, London, UK, 1992.
  • Anna M. Cienciala, "Wilsonian East Central Europe: The British View with Reference to Poland," in John S. Micgiel, ed., Wilsonian East Central Europe. Current Perspectives, New York, 1995. 

  • Anna M. Cienciala, “The Foreign Policy of the Polish Government-in-Exile, 1939–1945: Political and Military Realities versus Polish Psychological Reality” in John S. Micgiel and Piotr S. Wandycz eds., Reflections on Polish Foreign Policy, New York: 2005.

  • Anna M. Cienciala, Natalia S. Lebedeva, Wojciech Materski, Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment, Yale University Press, 2007.