Gerard Labuda
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Gerard Labuda
Gerard Labuda

Gerard Labuda (Kashubian: Gerard Labùda; 28 December 1916 – 1 October 2010) was a Polish historian whose main fields of interest were the Middle Ages and the Western Slavs. He was born in Kashubia. He lived and died in Pozna?, Poland.


Labuda was born in Nowa Huta, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Kartuzy, Poland (before 1918 Neuhütte/ Karthaus, West Prussia / Prussian Partition of Poland, Germany), into a Kashubian family. He was the son of Stanislaw Labuda and Anastazja Baranowska. From 1950 he was a professor at Pozna? University; rector 1962–1965; from 1951 a member of the Polish Academy of Learning (PAU); president 1989–1994; from 1964 member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN); vice-president 1984–1989; from 1959 to 1961 director of the Western Institute (Instytut Zachodni) in Pozna? and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He was buried in Luzino - Kashubia.

From 1958 onwards he edited the multi-volume S?ownik Staro?ytno?ci S?owia?skich (Dictionary of Slavonic Antiquities) and published historical sources. Author of more than 30 books and close to 2000 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 Gda?sk University (1986), Nicolas Copernicus University (1993), Jagiellonian University (1995), Warsaw University (1997), Wroc?aw University (1999) and Szczecin University (2003).


  • Studia nad pocz?tkami pa?stwa polskiego (Studies of the early Polish statehood), Cracow 1946.
  • Pierwsze pa?stwo s?owia?skie - pa?stwo Samona (The first Slavonic state - Samon's state), Pozna? 1949.
  • Fragmenty dziejów S?owia?szczyzny Zachodniej (Fragments of the History of Western Slavdom), vols. 1–2, 1960–64.
  • Polska granica zachodnia. Tysi?c lat dziejów politycznych (Poland's Western Border: a Thousand Years of Political History), 1971.
  • Pierwsze pa?stwo polskie (The first Polish state), Cracow 1989.
  • O Kaszubach, ich nazwie i ziemi zamieszkania (Kashubian People, their name and land), Gdynia 1991.
  • Kaszubi i ich dzieje (Kashubians and their history), 1996, ISBN 83-904950-9-0
  • ?w. Stanis?aw Biskup krakowski, Patron Polski (Stanislas Bishop of Cracow, Patron Saint of Poland), Pozna? 2000.
  • Mieszko I, Wroc?aw 2002.
  • S?owia?szczyzna staro?ytna i wczesno?redniowieczna (Slavdom in antiquity and early middle ages), 2003.
  • Historia Kaszubów w dziejach Pomorza (The history of Kashubians within history of Pomerania) t.1 Czasy ?redniowieczne (vol.1 Middle ages), Gda?sk 2006.

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