3rd Year Ph.D. student
UW Madison History Department
I received FLAS to learn Polish in the summer of 2022 and for the academic year of 2022-2023. This year I have completed my training in Polish grammar and have become much more comfortable reading Polish texts. I have benefited tremendously from this instruction as I can now incorporate Polish academic works into my research into the Teutonic Knights and their emotions during the Baltic Crusades.
”I have also used the opportunity provided by FLAS to explore how modern ideas about the Teutonic Knights shaped Weimar Germany’s relationship with Eastern Europe, especially Poland. My research into the medievalism of the Young German Order, a paramilitary organization that attempted to merge conservative and liberal strands of German political thought, has revealed that various myths regarding the Teutonic Order and their conquests in the Baltic were pervasive in Weimar’s political culture, even amongst organizations that explicitly opposed National Socialism. FLAS has provided me with the necessary tools to understand the medieval Baltic and the possibility of seeing how that history has been utilized for political ends in the modern day.”