Piotr H. Kosicki

Visiting Fellow

Piotr H. Kosicki is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Kosicki was a national fellow for the academic year 2014-15 at the Hoover Institution.  He is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Bittson National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Kosicki specializes in the international and intellectual history of 20th-century Europe and of the Cold War in particular, focusing on Poland, France, and the Catholic Church. His academic articles have appeared in, among others, Contemporary European History, East European Politics and Societies, and Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire. He has also published essays in Eurozine, the New Republic, and the TLS. Since earning his Ph.D. at Princeton University, he has edited three volumes, and he has two books forthcoming in Polish in 2015: Katoliccy rewolucjoniści: Personalizm, socjalizm i francuskie więzi polskiej inteligencji katolickiej, 1939-1956 (IPN) and Mazowiecki (Świat Książki). He is also completing an English-language monograph entitled Between Christ and Lenin: Catholicism, the Social Question and Poland’s Place in the World, 1891-1991.

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Putin’s Apocalyptic Goals

by Piotr H. Kosicki via Commonweal Magazine
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Chernobyl, the site of the most infamous civilian nuclear disaster in history, has been occupied by invading troops, disconnected from the power grid, and set on a path to a potentially massive radiation leak. What could possibly motivate this disastrous course of action by Russian combatants in Ukraine? 

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Solidarity, Liberal Democracy, And Eastern Europe Today

by Piotr H. Kosicki via The Caravan
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In September 2015, eminent Princeton historian Jan T. Gross penned an essay entitled “Eastern Europe’s Crisis of Shame.” He wrote, “As thousands of refugees pour into Europe to escape the horrors of war, with many dying along the way, a different sort of tragedy has played out in many of the European Union’s newest member states.