The first appeasement and the subsequent ones: Western policy on Russian imperialism in the 20th and 21st centuries

The Yale University and the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation  present a meeting with Polish historian Professor Andrzej Nowa, entitled The first appeasement and the subsequent ones: Western policy on Russian imperialism in the 20th and 21st centuries. The meeting will be held online on Zoom on June 21, 2023, at 12.00 noon. (GMT-4)


1. Welcome address from the project manager 
2. 2. An introduction to the project from the President of the Board of the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation (10 min.) 
3. An opening address delivered by Professor Jay Winter
4. Guest speaker’s lecture by Professor Andrzej Nowak
5. A Q&A session

Zoom Link to the meeting:

ABOUT THE panelist

Professor Andrzej Nowak is a Polish Sovietologist and historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Polish and general history. He is head of the Sub-Department of Eastern European History at the Jagiellonian University Institute of History, and head of the Section for the History of Eastern Europe and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Empires in the Department of the History of the Twentieth Century at the Polish Academy of Sciences. His interests include: the history of Eastern Europe, Polish-Russian relations, and Sovietology. He is author of over 30 books, over 200 scholarly articles and reviews, and over 400 newspaper articles as well as the winner of numerous prizes and distinctions. He is a member of Poland’s National Development Council, the College of the Institute of National Remembrance, and the mixed Polish–Russian Commission on History, and of several other organizations. He is editor-in-Chief of Kwartalnik Historyczny and a member of the board of editors of Dzieje Najnowsze. Among the distinctions he has received are Knight of the Order of the White Eagle, holder of the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and winner of the 2020 Janusz Kurtyka Award.


Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.  He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.  Previously, Winter taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University.  In 2001, he joined the faculty of Yale.  Winter is the author or co-author of 25 books, including Socialism and the Challenge of War; Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural HistoryThe Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Rene Cassin and the rights of man, and most recently, War beyond words: Languages of remembrance from the Great War to the present.  In addition he has edited or co-edited 30 books and contributed 130 book chapters to edited volumes.  Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.  He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Graz, the University of Leuven, and the University of Paris.


Project financed from funds allocated from the Budget of the Republic of Poland for the Społeczna Odpowiedzialność Nauki [Social Responsibility of Scholarship] Program run by the Ministry of Education and Science (Project No. 513955)



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