Past Winners of the Kulczycki (Orbis) Books Prize in Polish Studies

2023 – Kyrill Kunakhovich, Communism’s Public Sphere: Culture as Politics in Cold War Poland and East Germany (Cornell University Press).

2022 – Aleksandra Kremer, The Sound of Modern Polish Poetry: Performance and Recording after World War II (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Kenneth B. Moss, An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland (Harvard University Press)

2021 – Molly Pucci, Security Empire: The Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe (Yale University Press).

Honorable Mention: Adam Teller, Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century (Princeton University Press).

2020 – Lenny A. Ureña Valerio, Colonial Fantasies, Imperial Realities: Race Science and the Making of Polishness on the Fringes of the German Empire, 1840–1920 (Ohio University Press)

Honorable Mention: Jessie Labov, Transatlantic Central Europe: Contesting Geography and Redefining Culture beyond the Nation (Central European University Press)

2019 – Jochen BöhlerCivil War in Central Europe, 1918-1921: The Reconstruction of Poland (Oxford University Press)

Natalia Nowakowska for King Sigismund of Poland and Martin Luther: The Reformation before Confessionalization (Oxford University Press)

2018 – Lisa JakelskiMaking New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968 (University of California Press)

Honorable Mention: Robert Blobaum, A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War (Cornell University Press)

2017 – Paul BrykczynskiPrimed for Violence: Murder, Antisemitism, and Democratic Politics in Interwar Poland (University of Wisconsin Press)

Honorable Mention: John KulczyckiBelonging to the Nation: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Polish-German Borderlands, 1939–1951 (Harvard University Press)

2016 – Iryna Vushko, The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia, 1772-1867 (Yale University Press)

Honorable Mention: Lech Mróz, Roma-Gypsy Presence in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 15th-18th Centuries (CEU Press)  

2015 – Michael Fleming, Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust (Cambridge U Press) and Per Anders Rudling, The Rise and Fall of Belarussian Nationalism 1906-1931 (University of Pittsburgh Press) 

Honorable Mention: Glenn Kurtz, Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

2014 David Frick, Kith, Kin, and Neighbors: Communities and Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Wilno (Cornell University Press)

2013 – Beth Holmgren, Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America (Indiana University Press)

2012 – Brian Porter-Szűcs, Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland (Oxford University Press)

2011 – Antony Polonsky, The Jews in Poland and Russia, vol. I, 1350-1881 and vol. II, 1881-1914 (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)

Honorable Mention: Bożena Shallcross, The Holocaust Object in Polish and Polish-Jewish Culture (Indiana University Press)

2010 – Clare Cavanagh, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale University Press), and Neal Pease, Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland 1914-1939 (Ohio University Press & Swallow Press)

2009Tomasz Inglot, Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004 (Cambridge University Press), and Roman Koropeckyj, Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic (Cornell University Press)

2008Samuel D. Kassow, Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (Indiana University Press)

2007 – Marci Shore, Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 (Yale University Press), and Geneviève Zubrzycki, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press)

2006Timothy J. Cooley, Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians (Indiana University Press)

2005Elizabeth C. Dunn, Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business and the Remaking of Labor (Cornell University Press)

2004Jonathan Huener, Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979 (Ohio University Press)

2003Ezra Mendelsohn, Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art (Brandeis University Press and University Press of New England), and Jolanta T. Pekacz, Music in the Culture of Polish Galicia, 1772-1914 (University of Rochester Press)

2002Roman Koropeckyj, The Poetics of Revitalization: Adam Mickiewicz between Forefathers’ Eve, Part 3, and Pan Tadeusz (Columbia University Press), and Keely Stauter-Halsted, The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell University Press)

2001Karin Friedrich, The Other Prussia: Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772 (Cambridge University Press), and Johannes Remy, Higher Education and National Identity: Polish Student Activism in Russia 1832-1862 (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Finland)

2000Grzegorz Ekiert and Jan Kubik, Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (University of Michigan Press)

1999Daniel H. Cole, Instituting Environmental Protection: From Red to Green in Poland (St. Martin’s Press)

1998Padraic Kenney, Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950 (Cornell University Press)

1997Kathleen M. Cioffi, Alternative Theatre in Poland (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers)

1996Richard Noyce, Contemporary Painting in Poland (Roseville East, Australia: Craftsman House, dist. in US by Gordon and Breach Publishing Group)