Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Why Do Poles Fight, Even When It is Hopeless?

I would like to reflect briefly on just two Polish last stands in the 20th century: the Battle of Zadwórze (August 17, 1920), during the Polish-Soviet War, and the Battle of Wizna (September 7-10, 1939) during the September Campaign of 1939.  The former last stand was against the Communists and the latter against the Nazis. Why…

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Minorities as Tools and Victims

A review of The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 by Terry Martin by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz A representative of Sheila Fitzpatrick’s revisionist school and a Canadian of Mennonite German colonist-Russian/Ukrainian roots, Terry Martin, in his well-researched and pioneering The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Ithaca,…

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Afghanistan Fallout

The most important lesson of the collapse of Afghanistan is a global loss of credibility by the United States under a Democrat administration. This impacts not only our allies but also onlookers and enemies, including in the Intermarium. The most immediate concern is an anticipated wave of refugees from Afghanistan flooding into Europe.  But the…

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Free Courts and Media

A few weeks ago, Brussels expressed its displeasure over Warsaw’s judiciary, media, and sexual issues, judging the Polish (and Hungarian) approach to them as incompatible with EU law. The Poles scoffed and dismissed the charges as contrary to the Polish Constitution. For them, it is a matter of sovereignty. The saga continues, as Poland has…

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Migrants, COVID, etc.

How do you get the European Union to recognize outside intruders as illegal aliens? Play the COVID game. Just ask the Lithuanians. Otherwise, as far as the pandemic, it is business as usual, oscillating between lockdowns and protests throughout the Old Continent, which we shall look at shortly. First, let us address the Baltics. Lithuania’s…

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Biden-Putin Signaling

At the request of Germany, President Joe Biden has just inked a deal blessing the completion of Russia’s contentious Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will all but guarantee Moscow’s energy domination of the European Union and its neighborhood. Thus, via German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Biden is playing footsies with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The…

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The Poles Miss Bibi

No sooner was Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu gone, than his successors have ripped into Poland over a restitution law that was newly passed in Warsaw. And the Biden Administration supports the Israeli moves. What is it all about? Six years ago, Poland’s Constitutional Court obligated the government of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the…

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Politics and Soccer in the EU

Unlike the Europeans, the American people have not really suspected that sports, say, football, is political. We think that games are as American as apple pie, and there is really no hidden agenda in the U.S. flags fluttering and the anthem blaring. That sport reflects politics is a lesson most Americans have internalized only since…

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Culture Wars in the EU

Writing about the dramatic division between the East and the West, a British man of letters, Rudyard Kipling, insisted that “Never the twain shall meet.” Well, they have actually met in the European Union. In terms of the political and economic systems, parliamentary democracy and free-market capitalism both obtain throughout the EU. However, there is…

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Pundits and Scholars on Jedwabne

A fragment of the introduction to the upcoming book Jedwabne, Historia Prawdziwa, by Tomasz Sommer, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz and Ewa Stankiewicz On July 10, 1941, outside Germans carried out a massacre of local Jewish population. The crime took place in stages, and no one except the Germans knew that the process would culminate in a…

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