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Jan Fedorowicz

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Victoria College, University of Toronto); Ph.D. (King's College, Cambridge University)

Jan Fedorowicz completed a Ph.D. at King’s College, Cambridge, winning the Ellen MacArthur Prize in Economic History. Over the past 30 years, he has taught history at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and York University as well as at Carleton.

His association with Carleton University began in1985 and he has taught a wide range of courses on unconventional topics such as the history of futurist thought, the impact of communications technology on power relationships, and on terrorism in history.

He has also offered more mainstream courses on the history of Central Europe and Russia. Two of his books on Polish history have been published by Cambridge University Press. He has also written a number of articles on scholarly topics.

In parallel to his academic career he has also pursued careers as a strategic consultant, business author and professional editor. He has written books and developed course materials on international trade, telecommunications and business development. He has also edited numerous studies and reports and written on business topics for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also taught course on doing business in Central Europe, Russia, and the European Union.

He advises federal departments in areas such as program development, planning, and communication, especially in the area of Internet enabled services to the public. He conceptualized and designed several major federal online business service initiatives such as the Canada Business Service Centres, ExportSource, BizPaL and the Traceability National Information Portal. The last two were recognized at the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Terrorism and asymmetrical warfare in historical perspective
  • The history of technology
  • Conceptualizing past, present and future in western society

Awards and Honours:

  • Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal (1971)
  • Ellen MacArthur Prize in Economic History, (Cambridge University)

Select Publications:


England’s Baltic trade in the early seventeenth century: a study in Anglo-Polish commercial diplomacy (Cambridge University Press, 1980).

[editor] A Republic of Nobles: studies in Polish history to 1864(Cambridge University Press, 1982).

[editor and presenter] Free Enterprise and the State: What’s Right? What’s Left? What’s Next? (The 53rd Annual Couchiching Conference) (C.B.C. Enterprises, 1985).

[researcher and author] Doing Business in Poland (Prospectus Publications 1990, 1992.

[researcher and editor] From Monopoly to Competition: Telecommunications in Transition, (Informatics Publishing Co. 1991)

[researcher, writer and editor], Business Mexico, (Probus Publishing, Chicago, 1994)

[researcher and author] International Trade Management, Forum for International Trade Training, (2008]

Articles and Pamphlets

“The Ten-Thousand Mile Target: Energy Infrastructure and Terrorism Today,” Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection Policy Research Series, No. 2, 2007.

“Anglo-Polish commercial relations in the first half of the seventeenth century” Journal of European Economic History vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall, 1976).

“The struggle for the Elbing Staple: an episode in the history of commercial monopolies” Jahrbuecher fuer Geschichte Osteuropas 27 (1979).

“The Once and Future Commonwealth: Historical Awareness and the Polish Crisis” Sisyphus and Poland: Observations on Martial Law (ed. J.L. Black, J.W. Strong, Frye and Company, 1986).

Miscellaneous Publications

The Poles in Canada (with D.H. Avery, Canadian Historical Association, 1982).