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Professor Anita Prazmowska

Professor of International History

Other Titles: Director of Teaching
Research Interests: Modern Eastern Europe
Room: SAR.M.09
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7601

Professor Anita Prazmowska studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham before moving to Queen Mary College where she studied for her PhD. Her academic career began at the University of Strathclyde before moving back to London to teach at Queen Mary and Westfield. She joined the LSE as a Lecturer in 1992.

Professor Prazmowska's main fields of research interests lie in the Cold War; communism; contemporary history; Eastern Europe; fascism; and Poland.

Professor Prazmowska has on several occasion received British Academy grants to pursue research relating to her three monographs (Eastern Front, Betrayed Ally and the Civil war).

She was also the recipient of grants from The Nuffield Foundation, awarded in April 1993; The British Academy, awarded in May 1993; The Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economic and Related Disciplines, awarded in December 1998. There were funds for research into the Origins of Communism in Poland. The result has been the recently published book entitled Civil War in Poland 1943-48, printed by Macmillan in 2004 and two refereed articles and two chapters in edited books.

The main focus of her current research is Polish de-Stalinisation and the events of 1956. Part of this research will be published as Wladyslaw Gomulka in the Communist Lives series from I.B. Tauris.

Professor Prazmowska teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY232: War, Genocide and Nation Building. The History of South-Eastern Europe 1914-1990

At Masters level:

HY434 The Rise and Fall of Communism in Europe, 1917-1990

Professor Prazmowska also supervises the following PhD students:

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Recent publications by Professor Anita Prazmowska include:

She has also made contributions in recent years to:

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online


Professor Prazmowska on BBC Radio 4

On 11 August 2014, Professor Anita Prazmowska spoke in BBC Radio 4's programme 'Document': 'The Hague Warning'. The programme examined "the state of the British intelligence community [in July 1939], the split between appeasers and those who distrusted every German move and why this Document and the later Venlo incident in which two British intelligence officers walked into a trap laid by the Germans, was a Secret Intelligence Crisis".  Listen to it here.