Philip Pajakowski

Philip Pajakowski




1989 - Ph.D., Indiana University, East European History
1980 - B.A., Manchester College, History

My graduate studies focused on the history of Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the political history of the Habsburg Empire. My research concerned the political thought and policies of Polish conservative landowners in the empire in the late nineteenth century, and especially their participation in the parliament in Vienna. The project touched on issues of national conflict and the development of parliamentary powers in the Habsburg Empire.

Currently my primary interest is in political and legal history, in particular criminal law and procedure and the conduct of criminal trials involving social radicals.  The aim of the project is explore the nature of authoritarian government in late imperial Austria through an examination of the boundaries of acceptable political discourse and the rights of subjects in courts of law.