The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies
At first glance, the Chair’s future appeared secure. Yet, symptomatic problems developed. First, the gentlemanly Professor Thompson retired and the new leadership at the Miller Center grew suddenly uncomfortable about the congruity of the Kosciuszko Chair’s program with one of the Center’s main mission — to study the US Presidency.
Somehow the Chinese Chair functioning at the Miller Center failed to raise similar concerns. Second, some questions arose regarding the role that UVA’s Department of History should play as far as the jurisdiction of the Chair was concerned. Third, the State of Virginia was experiencing a budget crunch which resulted in an unfulfilled pledge of matching funds for the Chair. Fourth, problems developed while searching for a suitable candidate. The eminent British historian Norman Davies, who was to be the original holder of the Chair, declined to be involved with the American academia after his abysmal treatment by
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