The Pro Historia Polonorum Prize

It is the second time that the International Congress of Polish History (Cracow, 13 – 15 September 2012) is an occasion for awarding the contestants of Pro Historia Polonorum – the contest for the best historical book on Polish history, published in a foreign language. The papers might be submitted by authors both from abroad and from Poland, they must be published in the years 2001-2011 and must concern history of Poland or Central Europe (and Poland's relations with this region).

            The purpose of this contest is to familiarize the Polish people with the works of foreign researchers who study Polish history as well as to encourage foreigners to research this issue. Polish historiography owes a debt of gratitude to historians conducting their research abroad. Not only Polish emigrants but also foreign academics have contributed to the state of knowledge of Poland's past by revealing the new sources, by showing Poland from a new perspective, and most of all by promoting our culture and history in the world. The contest which was organized on the occasion of the First International Congress of Polish History attracted lot of outstanding entries from 11 countries. The first prize was awarded to T. Synder for the book Sketches from a Secret War. A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine, Yale 2005, which is a fascinating biography of Henryk Józewski – an artist, a soldier and a politician. Both the winning book and other awarded  books have been translated into Polish and published by Polish publishing houses.

            The Contest Committee appointed by the Organizing Committee of the Congress will assess the submitted books and will decide on the awards' distribution in June 2012. The winner will be awarded the statuette of Gallus Anonymus (a precursor of Polish historiography and a foreigner as well), whereas the other prize winners distinguished by the nomination for the award will be presented with certificates of recognition. The award ceremony will take place on 13 September 2012 during the inauguration of The Second International Congress of Polish History.