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A History of the Boycott: Economic Nationalism in Russian Poland, 1880-1914

“This history of Łódź is also a history of Russian imperialism,” noted Yedida Kanfer, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at a 5 March 2012 Kennan Institute discussion. Kanfer examined the notions of economic nationalism and economic self-sufficiency as they developed in Russian Poland over the years 1880 through 1914. Specifically, the speaker examined those concepts through the prism of the city of Łódź, the ethnically diverse industrial center of Russian Poland.

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

Marigold presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War’s last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed “Marigold,” that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966. The initiative failed, the war dragged on for another seven years, and this episode sank into history as an unresolved controversy.

Radio Free Europe: 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland

A conference, "Radio Free Europe 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland," convened in Wroclaw on December 6 under the sponsorship of the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski East European College, the Institute of History of Wroclaw University, the Ossolineum, and the Free Speech Association, under the patronage of Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. Financial support was provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Institute of History.

Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1943-57


Historians have paid little attention to how Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to sway public opinion in post-World War II east European societies. In the process, according to Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives.

The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures From the History of Poland, 1980-1981

The Cold War International History Project is pleased to host the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Polish movement Solidarity - The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures from the History of Poland, 1980-1981. The event will take place on August 29, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Woodrow Wilson Center Memorial Hallway. A light reception will follow.