CCSU Faculty
M.B.B. Biskupski

M. B. B. Biskupski

Professor of History
Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies
Coordinator, Polish Studies Program

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-3010
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: biskupskim@ccsu.edu


Area of Specialization: Poland, East Central Europe

M.B.B. Biskupski received his B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971. He received his M.A. in history from UCLA in 1972, and his M. Phil., also in history, from Yale University in 1975. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Yale in 1981. At Yale he held dissertation fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation and the International Studies Association/Ford Foundation. He was named the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU in 2002. Prior to his arrival, he taught at Millersville University, the University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher College. In 1995, he held a Fulbright Research Professorship in the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw.

Dr. Biskupski’s teaching interests include Poland, Central and Eastern Europe including the Balkans, international relations, and historical theory. His current research includes: Poland and international politics,1914-39; Polish political culture; American cinema and Poland; and the Poles and international espionage. For more information on the Polish Studies Program and the Blejwas Endowed Chair programs, please see the web site for Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU.

Selected Publications:

  • Independence Day: Myth, Symbol, and the Creation of Modern Poland. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • The United States and the Rebirth of Poland, 1914-1918. (Dortrecht, Netherlands: Republic of Letters, 2012).
  • Wojna Hollywood przeciwko Polsce, 1939-1945. (Warsaw: Fijorr, 2011.)
  • The Origins of Modern Polish Democracy. (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010. Edited with James Pula and Piotr Wrobel. )
  • Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010).
  • Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry: Poles and Jews in America (London: Litman, 2006). Edited with Antony Polonsky.
  • Ideology, Politics, and Diplomacy (Rochester and Suffolk, UK: Yale Center for International and Area Studies and University of Rochester Press, 2003). [edited volume]
  • The History of Poland. Westport, CT: Greenwood-Praeger Publishers, 2000.
  • Selected Essays from the 50th Anniversary Congress of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, 3 vols. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993). Edited with James S. Pula. Includes Volume I, Poland and Europe: Historical Dimensions; Volume II, The Polish Diaspora; and Volume III, Heart of the Nation: Polish Literature and Culture.
  • Polish Democratic Thought from the Renaissance to the Great Emigration: Essays and Documents. (Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, Dist. by Columbia University Press, 1991). Edited with James S. Pula.
  • Pastor of the Poles: Polish-American Essays (New Britain, CT: Polish Studies Monographs, 1982). Edited with Stanislaus A. Blejwas.
  • "Poland and the Poles in the Cinematic Portrayal of the Holocaust” in Robert Cherry and Anna Maria Orla-Bukowska, eds., Polish Images and the Holocaust (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Forthcoming).
  • “The Invention of Modern Poland: Pilsudski, 11 November, and the Politics of Symbolism” in Stanislav V. Kirschbaum, ed., Central Europe:  Before and After EU Accession (New York:  Palgrave-Macmillan, Forthcoming).
  • "The Legion Movement and Polish Political Ideology during World War I", in David Sefancic, ed., Armies in Exile, New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), 71-101.
  • "Hollywood, Poland, and the Second World War: The Image of Poland and the Poles in American Wartime Film," Polish Review, forthcoming.
  • "Poles and Jews in the United States and the Polish Question, 1914-1918" in Biskupski & Polonsky, Polin: Poles and Jews in America, forthcoming (see above).
  • "Marceli Handelsman (1882-1945" in Peter Brock, John D. Stanley and Piotr Wrobel, eds., Nation and History: Polish Historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), 352-385.
  • "The Kosciuszko Squadron and American Volunteers for Poland, 1919-1921," Polish American Studies, forthcoming.
  • "A Very Special Ally"?: Russia and Poland in American Strategy and Opinion Since 1918," in Janusz Farys, Roman Nir, and Marek Szczerbinski, eds., Studia z dziejow Polski i Europy w XIX i XX wieku (Gorzow Wielokopolski: Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, 2004), 335-349.
  • "Accept no Excuses; Face Harsh Facts": Stanislaus Blejwas and the Scholarly Reconstruction of the Relationship of Poles and Jews," Polish American Studies 59, no. 1 (Spring, 2002): 67-74.
  • "Polskie powstania 1794-1864 w historiografii anglojezycznej," in Anna Baranska, Witold Matwiejczyk, and Jan Ziolek, eds., Polskie powstania narodowe na tle przemian europejskich w XIX wieku (Lublin: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL, 2001), 583-608.
  • "Suffering Serbia, Martyred Belgium, and Starving Poland: War, Politics, and Relief, 1914-1918" in Ideology, Politics and Diplomacy, 31-57 (see above).
  • "Polska diaspora w Stanach Zjednoczonych, 1914-1939," in Adam Walaszek, ed., Diaspora polska (Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2001), 77-90.
  • "The ’Free City of Danzig’ and the League of Nations in American Strategic Conception, 1917-1918: A Wilsonian Geostrategic Experiment," in Marek Andrzejewski, ed, Gdansk - Gdynia - Europa - Stany Zjednoczone w XIX i XX wieku, (Gdansk: Uniwersytet Gdanski, 2000), 82-96.
  • "Canada and the Creation of a Polish Army, 1914-1918," The Polish Review 44, no. 3 (1999): 337-378.
  • "A Prosopograhical Analysis of the Polish Naval Elite, 1918-1945," The Journal of Slavic Military Studies 12, no. 1 (March 1999): 166-179.
  • "Diplomacy Under Western Eyes, or Almost The Secret Agent: Joseph Conrad and the International Politics of the Polish Question, 1914-1918," Conradiana 31, no. 2 (1999).
  • "Wilson, Paderewski, and the "Polish Question": Eugene Kusielewicz’s Historical Works," Polish American Studies 56, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 69-78.
  • "Socialists, Spies, and Presbyterians: A Case Study of the Poles as Alien Enemies in World War I," in Thomas Gladsky, Adam Walaszek, and Malgorzata Wawrzykiewicz, eds, Ethnicity - Culture - City: Polish-Americans in the USA. Cultural Aspects of Urban Life, 1870-1950, in Comparative Perspective ( Warsaw: Oficyna Naukowa, 1998), 265-286.
  • "Spy, Patriot, or Internationalist?: The Early Career of Józef Retinger, the Polish Patriarch of the European Union," Polish Review 43, no. 1 (1998): 23-67.
  • "The Military Elite of the Polish Second Republic, 1918-1939," War and Society 14, no. 3 (October, 1996): 49-86.
  • "Piotr S. Wandycz - Pionier badan w Ameryce nad dziejami Polski i Europy srodkowo-wschodniej [Piotr S. Wandycz: A Pioneer in Research in America Concerning Poland and East Central Europe]" in Studia z Dziejow Rosji i Europy srodkowo-wschodniej 30 (1995): 5-13. Co-authored with Neal Pease and Anna Cienciala.
  • "The Wilsonian View of Poland: Idealism and Geopolitical Traditionalism", in John Micgiel, ed., Wilsonian East Central Europe, (New York, 1995), 123-145.
  • "The Diplomacy of Wartime Relief: The United States and Poland, 1914-1918,"Diplomatic History 19, no. 3 (1995): 431-453.
  • "Does the East of Europe Have a Modern History?," Contemporary European History 3, no. 2 (1994): 217-230.
  • "Determining a Context for Polish History," in Poland and Europe: Historical Dimensions (see above).
  • "’Kosciuszko, We Are Here?’: American Volunteers for Poland and the Polish-Russian War, 1918-1920," in Pastor of the Poles: Polish-American Essays, 182-204 (see above).
  • "Gentry Democracy in Polish Political Thought and Practice, 1500-1863," in Polish Democratic Thought from the Renaissance to Modernism, 1-10 (see above).
  • "National Catholicism’s Intellectual Origins in Modern Polish Politics: A Speculative Consideration," PNCC Studies 14 (1993): 5-20.
  • "Populism, the Second Republic, and the Polish National Catholic Church: The Role of Jan Stapinski," PNCC Studies 13 (1992): 5-25.
  • "The Polish National Department, 1916-1925: A Review Essay," Polish American Studies 47, no. 2 (1991): 81-86.
  • "Re-Creating Central Europe: The United States ‘Inquiry’ into the Future of Poland," International History Review 12 (1990): 249-279.
  • "War and the Diplomacy of Polish Independence, 1914-1918," Polish Review 35, no.1 (1990): 5-17.
  • "American Polonia and the Resurrection of Independent Poland, 1914-1919," The Fiedorczyk Lecture in Polish American Studies, 1989 (New Britain, CT: CCSU Polish Studies Program, 1989).
  • "Bishop Hodur, the Pilsudskiites, and Polonia Politics on the Eve of World War I," PNCC Studies 7 (1986): 39-52.
  • "Paderewski as Leader of American Polonia, 1914-1918," Polish American Studies 43, no. 1 (1986): 37-56.
  • "The Poles, the Root Mission, and the Russian Provisional Government, 1917," Slavonic and East European Review 63, no. 1 (1985): 56-68.
  • "Poland in American Foreign Policy, 1918-1945: ‘Sentimental’ or ‘Strategic’ Friendship?," Polish American Studies 38, no. 2 (1981): 5-15.