Harold Gabel

Harold Gabel (USA)

PhD Candidate in Modern European History, Rutgers University
Visegrad Scholarship at OSA
Attendance Period: 
Feb/2024 - Mar/2024
Research Title: 
Social and Cultural Connections between Poland and Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s
Research Description: 

Connected to Gabel’s doctoral dissertation, this project charts Poland’s relationship with a “West,” at once real and imagined, arguing that this relationship both antedated and survived the Cold War. The dissertation thus questions idea of a culturally divided twentieth-century Europe, asking whether differing visions of the post-war good life were as diametrically opposed as they were once portrayed, and it reframes Poland’s relations with Western Europe through the lens of an alternate, Socialist vision of the modern, European “good life.”

Gabel is presently at work on a doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled Poland’s Europe: A Social History of Poland and its “West,” 1953–1983, which shows Poland as a microcosm of Europe’s 20th century. He is also interested urban history, transnational and global history, and social theory writ large. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Reed College and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.