British historian gets award from Polish academic community
PR dla Zagranicy
British historian Robert I. Frost has received an award from the Polish academic community for the best study of the history of Poland and Central and Eastern Europe published in a foreign language.
Robert I. Frost poses with the Pro Historia Polonorum award in Kraków. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk
The award-winning book is the first volume of The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania published by Oxford University Press.
During the award presentation ceremony at the Jagiellonian University in the southern Polish city of Kraków, Frost said: ”We foreigners have to write about foreign countries. It’s not always an easy task but it’s fun. A good historian asks questions but is not always able to answer them.”
He added that he wrote the book in order to gain a better understanding of Polish history.
Born in 1960, Robert I. Frost is a professor at the University of Aberdeen. He recalled his first visit to Poland during the communist period, saying he did not know any Polish at the time and had no idea that he would devote his whole life to the study of Polish history.
The Pro Historia Polonorum Award was presented to Frost during the third Congress of International Researchers of Polish History, which brought together 250 scholars from 37 countries.
Honorary awards for lifetime achievement went to Paul W. Knoll from the United States for his outstanding studies of medieval Poland, and to Adam Zamoyski, an American historian with Polish roots, for his contribution to the development of Polish studies and worldwide promotion of Polish history. (mk/gs)