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Znaniecki, Florian

Helena Z. Lopata

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Znaniecki, Florian (15 January 1882–23 March 1958), sociologist, was born Florian Witold Znaniecki near the town of Swiatniki, in German-occupied Poland, the son of Leon Znaniecki and Amelia Holtz. His father was an estate manager, the family having lost their land following the Franco-Prussian war through Bismarck’s Prussification policies. Znaniecki obtained an education in philosophy at the Universities of Geneva and Zurich and at the Sorbonne. One of his adventures of that time was a fake suicide and enlistment in the French Foreign Legion. After gaining an honorable discharge, he edited a newspaper in Marseilles and worked as a librarian at the Polish National Museum in Rapperswil, Switzerland. He also returned to Paris to attend lectures by a number of prominent sociologists....

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