Halik Kochanski

Dr. Halik Kochanski (born 19 April 1962) is a British historian and writer. She was educated at Downside School and at Balliol College, Oxford, where she was awarded an M.A. in Modern History. She obtained her Ph.D from King's College, London. She has taught history at King's College London and University College, London. She has written a number of historical articles and two books: Sir Garnet Wolseley: Victorian Hero (1999) and The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War (2012).

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Army Records Society, the Society for Army Historical Research, the British Commission for Military History and the Institute for Historical Research. As of 2012 she is a judge for the Templer Medal book prize.

The Eagle Unbowed[edit]

Kochanski's 2012 book The Eagle Unbowed received uniformly good reviews from the community of historians, as shown in the Harvard University Press selection of contributions from reviewers associated with the leading American magazines.[1] The Books and Arts review in The Economist noted that Kochanski's own family history is closely connected with the political, military, and diplomatic history of Poland at war and therefore their own experiences also dot the pages of her monograph. Kochanski brings back the final humiliation of Britain’s victory parade in 1946, when the organisers invited Fijians and Mexicans to participate, but not the Poles who fought along with them.[2]


  • 1999: Sir Garnet Wolseley: Victorian Hero. London: The Hambledon Press. ISBN 1-85285-188-0
  • 2012: The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-846-14354-0


  1. ^ Harvard University Press (2016), The Eagle Unbowed — Halik Kochanski.
  2. ^ Books and Arts (September 29, 2012). "The vivisection of Poland". Poland’s wartime suffering was extraordinary. It has been greatly neglected by the rest of the world. The Economist.