East and Central European History Writing in Exile 1939-1989


The studies in East and Central European History Writing in Exile 1939-1989, all written by experts in the history of the region, give answers to the comprehensive question of how the experience of exile during the time of the Nazi and Communist totalitarianism influenced and still influences history writing and the historical consciousness both in the countries hosting exile historians, as well as in the home countries which these historians left.

The volume comprises difficult-to-access information about the organization and the work of historians exiled from the Baltic States, including Baltic Germans, Belorusia, Ukraine, and Poland. And it provides reflections on the intellectuals networking between their own national and the foreign traditions in the exile.

Contributors are: Olavi Arens, Mirosław Filipowicz, Jörg Hackmann, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Oleg Łatyszonek, Andreas Lawaty, Iveta Leitāne, Artur Mękarski, Andrzej Nowak, Gert von Pistohlkors, Andrejs Plakans, Toivo Raun, Rafał Stobiecki, Mirosław A. Supruniuk, Jaan Undusk, and Maria Zadencka.

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Maria Zadencka, Associated Professor (PhD) at the Department of Slavic Languages, Stockholm University. She has published on the literature and history of ‘national projects’ in Poland, Finland, and the Baltic countries, including Divided Heritages: Culture in a Time of National Differentiation in the Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Baltic Provinces, and the Kingdom of Sweden and Finland (Stockholm Slavic Papers, 2014).

Andrejs Plakans, Professor emeritus of the Department of History, Iowa State University, with research interests in the population and family history in Baltic countries, particularly of Latvia; and most recently the author of A Concise History of the Baltic States (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Andreas Lawaty, Dr. phil., Researcher at the Nordost-Institut/IKGN, Lüneburg, Germany, formerly at Deutsches Polen-Institut, Darmstadt, Germany. He has published on Polish and German history, culture and literature, including Intellectual Visions and Revisions in the History of Polish-German Relationships (in Polish, Cracow 2015).

Part I.
Constituting Exile

Olavi Arens: Historians in Exile: Organization and Publication
Toivo Raun: Transnational Contacts and Cross-Fertilization Among Baltic Historians in Exile, 1968–1991
Jörg Hackmann: Baltic Historiography in West German Exile
Andrejs Plakans: Remaining Loyal: Latvian Historians in Exile 1945–1991
Volodymyr Kravchenko: Ukrainian Historical Writing in North America during the Cold War
Oleg Łatyszonek: Belarusian Historians in Exile: New Circumstances, Old Problems
Mirosław A. Supruniuk: Fr. Prof. Walerian Meysztowicz and the Polish Historical Institute in Rome
Maria Zadencka: Polish Exile Historians at the International Historical Congresses
Rafał Stobiecki: To Be a Polish Historian in Exile. Semantic and Methodological Remarks

Part II.
Transfer of Knowledge

Gert von Pistohlkors: Homeland Livland and “Exile” in the German Fatherland: Reinhard Wittram (1902–1973) and his Attitudes towards Baltic History, 1925–1964
Jaan Undusk: How To Become A Perfect Danish-Estonian Historian: Hommage to Vello Helk
Mirosław Filipowicz: Polish Historiography in Exile: On Selected Works and Ideas of Oskar Halecki, Henryk Paszkiewicz and Marian Kukiel
Maria Zadencka: Retrospective Utopias: The Shape of Europe in the Works of Polish Exile Historians
Rafał Stobiecki: Polish Exile Periodicals as a Dialogue Forum: Teki Historyczne, Polish Review, Zeszyty Historyczne

Part III.
Continuity and Discontinuity
New Styles of Thought

Gert von Pistohlkors: Generations in Baltic German Historical Writing, 1919–2009
Jaan Undusk: History Writing in Exile and in the Homeland after World War II. Some comparative aspects
Artur Mękarski: In Whose Name is the Story Told? The Émigré Critique of Method in the Historiography of the Polish People`s Republic
Andreas Lawaty: The Figure of “Antemurale” in the Historiography at Home and in Exile
Andrzej Nowak: A “Polish Connection” in American Sovietology Or the Old Homeland Enmities in the New Host Country Humanities
Iveta Leitāne: The Idea of Latvian National History in Exile. Continuity and Discontinuity

About the Authors
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All interested in the history of historiography, migration, and the history of ideas, also in the history of the Central Eastern Europe and the relationships between East and West.
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