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John T. Radzilowski

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John T. Radzilowski is Assistant Professor of History at University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and a Piast Institute Fellow. Before joining UAS he taught at University of St. Thomas, Hamline University and University of Minnesota. He has authored, edited and co-edited numerous books including Disintegration: The Communist Secret Police and Polish Society since 1944 (forthcoming), Encyclopedia of American Immigration (2013), Travellers History of Poland (2007), Ukrainians in North America (2007), The Eagle and the Cross: A History of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (2003) and Spanish Carlism and Polish Nationalism: The Borderlands of Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries (2003). Dr. Radzilowski is the recipient of the Mieczysław Haiman Medal, Oskar Halecki Prize, Krzyżem Kawalerskim Orderu Zasługi (Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit) and the Joseph Swastek Prize. His articles have appeared in Journal of Genocide Studies, Glaukopis, The Public Historian, U.S. Catholic Historian, Polish American Studies and Journal of American Ethnic History. He writes the The Cultural Front blog for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition. Dr. Radzilowski was educated at Southwest Minnesota State University (B.A.) and Arizona State University (Ph.D.).

Cambodian sculptures looted in the 1970s may be returned

Cambodian sculptures looted in the 1970s may be returned

A set of statues taken from ancient temples in Cambodia dating to the 900s A.D. have been identified as looted property. Some links to recent news articles from the New York Times and LA Times.     http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/arts/design/ancient-cambodian-statue-is-seized-from-sothebys.html   http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-metropolitan-museum-returns-cambodian-statues-20130503,0,7528448.story   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/arts/design/cambodia-to-ask-met-to-return-10th-century-statues.html     While the details are murky, it appears the stone statues disappeared from [...]

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On the Politics and Culture of Organized Theft

On the Politics and Culture of Organized Theft

Art is property that is unlike any other. While it is moveable property and has monetary value, it cannot be rebuilt. Its value lies in the unique skill of its creator but also in how it is embedded in culture and identity. Historically significant buildings may have a similar function but building can be and [...]

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