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Piotr Stefan Wandycz (born 1923) is a Polish-American historian, President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, and professor emeritus at Yale Universitymarker, specializing in Eastern and Central European history.


Born in Krakówmarker in 1923 Second Polish Republicmarker, Piotr S. Wandycz left the country during World War II on September 17 1939, when the Soviet army invaded eastern Poland. He and his family crossed into Romania, and in 1940 went to France. Graduating from the Polish Lycee in Villard de Lanshe studied at the University of Grenoble (1941-42]. In late 1942 he reached the United Kingdom where he served in the Polish army until 1945. Second Lieutenant. After the war he studies at the University of Cambridgemarker where he received B.A. and MA.and the London School of Economicsmarker (Ph.D. 1951) . Later he moved to the United States where he taught at Indiana University before coming to Yale Universitymarker in 1966 as an associate professor. He was promoted to a full professorship in 1968 and was named the Bradford Durfee Professor in 1989. At Yale, he has served as director of graduate studies in Russian and East European studies and in history, chair of the Council on Russian and East European Studies and director of the Language and Area Center. He is the author of 18 books and over 400 articles, book reviews, etc.

Piotr S. Wandycz is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Learning, and honorary member of the Polish Historical Association. His many other honors include the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and honorary degrees from the University of Wrocławmarker, the Sorbonnemarker, the Jagiellonian University, and the Catholic University of Lublinmarker.


Piotr Wandycz is an noted authority on Eastern and Central European history. His many books include France and Her Eastern Allies, 1919-1925, which won the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize; The Twilight of French Eastern Alliances, 1926-1936, which received the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; and The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, which was a 1992 History Book Club selection.

See also


  • M.B.B. Biskupski (Co-authored with Neal Pease and Anna Cienciala), "Piotr S. Wandycz - Pionier badan w Ameryce nad dziejami Polski i Europy srodkowo-wschodniej" ("Piotr S. Wandycz: A Pioneer in Research in America Concerning Poland and East Central Europe"), in Studia z Dziejow Rosji i Europy srodkowo-wschodniej, 30 (1995), pp. 5–13.

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