Gerard Labuda
Gerard Labuda was a Polish
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 whose main fields of interest were the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
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 and the Western Slavs. He was born in what became the Polish Corridor
Polish Corridor
The Polish Corridor , also known as Danzig Corridor, Corridor to the Sea or Gdańsk Corridor, was a territory located in the region of Pomerelia , which provided the Second Republic of Poland with access to the Baltic Sea, thus dividing the bulk of Germany from the province of East...

 after World War I. He lived and died in Poznań, Poland.


Labuda was born in Neuhütte/ Karthaus, West Prussia
West Prussia
West Prussia was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1773–1824 and 1878–1919/20 which was created out of the earlier Polish province of Royal Prussia...

, Germany (now Nowa Huta, Pomeranian Voivodeship
Nowa Huta, Pomeranian Voivodeship
Nowa Huta is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Kartuzy, within Kartuzy County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It lies approximately north-west of Kartuzy and west of the regional capital Gdańsk....

, Kartuzy
Gmina Kartuzy
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, Poland), into a Kashubian
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 family. He was the son of Stanislaw Labuda and Anastazja Baranowska. From 1950 he was a professor at Poznań University; rector 1962–1965; from 1951 a member of the Polish Academy of Learning
Polish Academy of Learning
The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences or Polish Academy of Learning , headquartered in Kraków, is one of two institutions in contemporary Poland having the nature of an academy of sciences....

 (PAU); president 1989–1994; from 1964 member of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Polish Academy of Sciences
The Polish Academy of Sciences, headquartered in Warsaw, is one of two Polish institutions having the nature of an academy of sciences.-History:...

 (PAN); vice-president 1984–1989; from 1959 to 1961 director of the Western Institute
Western Institute
The Western Institute in Poznań is a scientific research society focusing on the Western provinces of Poland - Kresy Zachodnie , history, economy and politics of Germany, and the Polish-German relations in history and today.Established by...

 (Instytut Zachodni) in Poznań
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 and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences
New York Academy of Sciences
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. He was buried in Luzino
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 - Kashubia
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From 1958 onwards he edited the multi-volume Dictionary of Slavonic Antiquities (Słownik Starożytności Słowiańskich) and published historical sources. Author of more than 30
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 books and close to 2000 (two thousand) scholarly publications.

Awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1996) and the highest Polish distinction Order of the White Eagle (2010; posthumously) .

Award of the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation (USA, 1983), Herder Award (Austria, 1991). State of Poland awards (1949,1951,1970).

Honorary Doctorates of Gdańsk University
Gdansk University
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 (1986), Nicolas Copernicus University (1993), Jagiellonian University
Jagiellonian University
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(1995), Warsaw University (1997), Wrocław University(1999), and Szczecin University (2003).

Selected Works

  • Studia nad początkami państwa polskiego (Studies of the early Polish statehood), Cracow 1946.
  • Pierwsze państwo słowiańskie - państwo Samona (The first Slavonic state - Samon's state), Poznań 1949.
  • Fragmenty dziejów Słowiańszczyzny Zachodniej (Fragments of the History of Western Slavdom), vols. 1–2, 1960–64.
  • Polska granica zachodnia. Tysiąc lat dziejów politycznych (Poland's Western Border: a Thousand Years of Political History), 1971.
  • Pierwsze państwo polskie (The first Polish state), Cracow 1989.
  • Kaszubi i ich dzieje (Kashubians and their history), 1996, ISBN 83-904950-9-0
  • Św. Stanisław Biskup krakowski, Patron Polski (Stanislas Bishop of Cracow, Patron Saint of Poland), Poznań 2000.
  • Słowiańszczyzna starożytna i wczesnośredniowieczna (Slavdom in antiquity and early middle ages), 2003.
  • Historia Kaszubów w dziejach Pomorza (The history of Kashubians within history of Pomerania) t.1 Czasy średniowieczne (vol.1 Middle ages), Gdańsk 2006.

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