Elise Richter fellow, VIENNA WIESENTHAL Institute for HOLOCAUST STUDIES, Vienna
2014 Winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize:
Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-56 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013; Polish version in preparation, Wydawnicto 'Czarne').
"An interdisciplinary masterpiece.... Lebow does not so much polemicize with older understandings of Stalinism as step outside them altogether" - full review - Brian Porter-Szűcs, University of Michigan
"Katherine Lebow's fascinating, impressively researched, and compact study of Nowa Huta, the famous Polish Stalinist project, evokes all the idealism, hard work, accomplishments, failures, and foolhardiness that went into building the mammoth steel mill and the new socialist city that grew up next to it. She focuses on the complicated social history and everyday life of the workers themselves--gypsies, women, shock workers, and hipsters among them--who populated the new city and demonstrates the crucial role of Nowa Huta's labor force in the development of worker protest and the emergence of Solidarity." - Norman Naimark, Stanford University
"…The salience of this book is greater than just debunking the 'totalitarian' myth.... It is also highly pertinent to a number of debates in urban studies…. This is why this book may be of interest not only to aficionados of East European history, but to all those interested in...the construction of alternative urban cultures of dissent and emancipation." - Kacper Pobłocki, University of Poznań
☞Reviews: AHR, TLS, Slavic Review, Social Anthropology, Acta Poloniae Historica, Dzieje Najnowsze, Hungarian Historical Review, Slavonic and East European Review, Canadian Slavonic Papers
☞Featured on Second World Urbanity and New Books in History
2013 Winner of the AQUILA POLONICA PRIZE:
"The Conscience of the Skin: Interwar Polish Autobiography and Social Rights," Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 3, 3 (2012) - Issue page.
Elise Richter Project V422-G18 of the Austrian Science Fund: The People Write! Polish Everyman Autobiography from the Great Depression to the Holocaust. More.
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