Prof. Dr. Maciej Górny

Curriculum Vitae

Maciej Górny has been an assistant professor at the Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 2006 (extraordinary professor since 2015). Between 2014 and 2016, he was a professor at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, and between 2006 and 2010 he was a research associate at the Centre for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Górny’s research interests include Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, history of historiography, discourses on race and the First World War. His publications include The Nation Should Come First: Marxism and Historiography in East Central Europe (2013, Polish edition 2007, German edition 2011), Wielka Wojna profesorów (2014, English and Russian editions forthcoming) and Nasza wojna, vol. 1: Imperia (with Włodzimierz Borodziej, 2014, English edition forthcoming). Since 2014, he has also been editor-in-chief of Acta Poloniae Historica (

Research project at the Kolleg

The First World War in East Central Europe: Empires to Nations 1917–1923

This research project concentrates on the second phase of the conflict in East Central Europe, and represents a continuation of the history of the First World War in East Central and Southeast Europe by Maciej Górny  and Włodzimierz Borodziej (Nasza wojna, vol. I: Imperia, 1912–1916, Warszawa 2014). While it will deal with diplomatic and military aspects of the conflict, this book is not primarily concerned with international politics. Instead, its main focus  is on stories about people - both individuals and communities - and the impact that wartime experiences had on them. It deals above all with phenomena of wartime ethnicization, social conflict and cultural history. The book will contain numerous excerpts from letters and memoirs of people who took part in operations on the Eastern front and in post-war conflicts, as well as quotations from works of literature written during the war, which will serve to illustrate the way in which reality was perceived at the time.

Main areas of research

  • Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • History of historiography
  • Discourses on race

Positions and Memberships

  • Member of the editorial staff of Historie. Jahrbuch des Zentrums für Historische Forschung Berlin der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • Member of the editorial staff of Acta Poloniae Historica
  • Member of the editorial council of Dějiny - teorie - kritika