Polish scholar of communism in Romania visits IWP

The Institute of World Politics is always delighted to host foreign scholars, such as Dr. Adam Burakowski from Poland, who visited us early in January. He is a scholar of communism in Romania and wrote a monograph on the country’s Marxist-Leninist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, entitled Geniusz Karpat. Dyktatura Nicolae Ceauşescu 1965–1989 [The Genius of the Carpathians: The Dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauşescu] (Warsaw: Trio, 2009), which was his doctoral dissertation at Warsaw University. As a co-author, Dr. Burakowski also contributed to a volume on the implosion of communism in Central and Eastern Europe: 1989 – Jesień Narodów [1989: The Spring of Nations] (Warsaw: Trio, 2010). More recently, he co-authored (along with Marcin Sten) a work on post-communist Romania: Kraj smutny, pełen humoru. Dzieje Rumunii po 1989 roku [A Sad Country Full of Humor: The History of Romania after 1989] (Warsaw: Trio, 1989).

In 2003, Dr. Burakowski interned with the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Since 2007, he has worked as an adjunct at the Institute for Central and Eastern Europe at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). In addition, as of 2006, he has held the position of Deputy Director of the Polish Radio for Abroad, and, since 2009, Dr. Burakowski has sat on the board of the European Grouping for Economic Interests (Euranet).

During his visit, Dr. Burakowski met with Prof. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, the head of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, and Prof. Juliana Geran Pilon, who was born and raised under communism in Romania and is an expert on the subject.

To purchase Dr. Burakowski’s books, please visit the listing of his publications on the website of the Trio Publishing House in Poland.

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