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Piotr S. Gorecki
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1988

Areas of specialization: medieval European history, with an emphasis on the early and central Middle Ages, Poland and East-Central Europe, law and society, and the relationship between communities and judicial institutions

(951) 827-1986

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Piotr Górecki received his B.A. in economics (1977) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. in history (1979) and J.D. in law (1983) from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in history (1988) from the University of Chicago. He specializes in medieval European history.

He was born in Kraków, Poland. He moved with his parents to the United States (Palo Alto, California, then Urbana, Illinois) when a teenager. He completed his doctoral studies in 1988 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago before accepting his current position at UCR.

His research focuses on the economic and social history of medieval Poland. He is the author of Economy, Society, and Lordship in Medieval Poland, 1100–1250, a monograph in the Europe Past and Present series with Holmes & Meier (New York, 1992); Parishes, Tithes and Society in Earlier Medieval Poland, c. 1100–1250, a Transaction of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, 1993); A Local Society in Transition: The Henryków Book and Related Documents, an annotated source translation forthcoming with Cistercian Publications (Kalamazoo, 2001), and of articles in Slavic Review, Oxford Slavonic Papers, Law and History Review, Cîteaux, Journal of Medieval History, and several chapters in specialized books. His current research projects are a book on law, power, and memory in the Henryków region of thirteenth-century Poland, and a coedited book, Conflict in Medieval Europe, a volume of revised proceedings from a national conference on the Huntington Library in April 2001, forthcoming with Ashgate Publishing Ltd (Aldershot, 2002 or 2003).

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