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Leon Wasilewski

Leon Wasilewski
Leon Wasilewski
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
In office
17 November 1918 – 16 January 1919
Preceded by Władysław Wróblewski
Succeeded by Ignacy Paderewski (acting)
Personal details
Born (1870-08-24)24 August 1870
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died 10 December 1936(1936-12-10) (aged 66)
Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Political party Polish Socialist Party
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

Leon Wasilewski (1870–1936) was an activist of the Polish Socialist Party (PPS), a coworker of Józef Piłsudski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, designer of much of Second Polish Republic policy towards the East, historian and father of Wanda Wasilewska.


  • Life and career 1
    • Politician 1.1
    • Scholar 1.2
  • Works 2
  • See also 3
  • Further reading 4
  • Footnotes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Life and career

Born on 24 August 1870 in Saint Petersburg, to an impoverished gentry family with roots in German and Czech ancestry, and came from Moravia.[1][2] His education stopped at the level of gymnasium.[2]


After a brief participation in the

  • (Polish) Białoruś i Białorusini w pracach Leona Wasilewskiego

External links


  1. ^ John Stanley Micgiel. Wilsonian East Central Europe: Current Perspectives. The Piłsudski Inst. 1995. p. 55.
  2. ^ a b c (Polish) W. Pobóg-Malinowski, Leon Wasilewski, szkic biograficzny, "Niepodległosć" 1937. Last accessed on 25 Feb 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f Leon Wasilewski's Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived January 6, 2009) at OŚRODEK MYŚLI POLITYCZNEJ webpage. Last accessed on 25 June 2012


  • Barbara Stoczewska, Litwa, Białoruś, Ukraina w myśli politycznej Leona Wasilewskiego, Kraków, 1998.
  • Leon Wasilewski, Drogi Porozumienia Wybór Pism, Księgarnia Akademicka, 2000, ISBN 83-7188-506-7

Further reading

See also

  • Litwa i Białoruś (Lithuania and Belarus) (1912)
  • Kresy Wschodnie - Litwa i Białoruś. Podlasie i Chełmszczyzna. Galicya Wschodnia. Ukraina (1917)
  • Zarys dziejów PPS (Overview of the History of PPS) (1925)
  • Józef Piłsudski, jakim go znałem (Józef Piłsudski as I Knew Him) (1935)


His daughter, Wanda Wasilewska, was a prominent pro-Soviet communist activist in the People's Republic of Poland.[3]

Afterwards he concentrated on historical research. He researched linguistics (particularly Slavic languages), ethnography of the Central and Eastern European lands, and history of literature.[2] He would serve as the director of two institutes (Instytut Badania Najnowszej Historii Polski (Institute of Studies of Modern Polish History) in the 1920s and Instytut Badań Narodowościowych (Institute of Nationality Studies) in the 1930s)[3] and editor of the journal Niepodległośc. Supporter of Międzymorze federation idea, as well as Prometheism, he was also a vocal opponent of polonization, arguing that Ukrainians and Belarusians living in Poland should be allowed to assimilate into Polish society at their will and speed. Author of many works, among them Litwa i Białoruś ("Lithuania and Belarus", 1912), Ukraińska sprawa narodowa w jej rozwoju historycznym ("The Ukrainian National Cause in its Historical Development", 1925), Zarys dziejów PPS ("A Short History of the PPS", 1925), Józef Piłsudski, jakim go znałem ("Józef Piłsudski, as I knew him", 1935).[3]


of Poland's eastern borders. delimitation negotiations and the commission for the Treaty of Riga (1920-1921). He took part in the Estonia to ambassador in Paris (in 1919); and served as the Polish Polish National Committee, Józef Piłsudski; he was a member of the naczelnik państwa Afterwards he served as an advisior to [3] from 17 November 1918 to 16 January 1919.Jędrzej Moraczewski, serving in the government of Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs After Poland regained independence, he became the first [3]

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