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Roman Dmowski

Roman Dmowski
Roman Dmowski
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
27 October – 14 December 1923
Preceded by Marian Seyda
Succeeded by Karol Bertoni (acting)
Member of the State Duma of the Russian Empire
In office
Personal details
Born (1864-08-09)9 August 1864
Kamionek, Warsaw, Congress Poland
Died 2 January 1939(1939-01-02) (aged 74)
Drozdowo, Poland
Resting place Bródno Cemetery, Warsaw
Nationality Polish
Political party National-Democratic Party
Popular National Union
Alma mater University of Warsaw
Religion Roman Catholicism

Roman Stanisław Dmowski (9 August 1864 – 2 January 1939) was a Polish politician, statesman, and co-founder and chief ideologue of the right-wing National Democracy ("ND": in Polish, "Endecja") political movement. He saw the aggressive Germanization of Polish territories controlled by the German Empire as the major threat to Polish culture and therefore advocated a degree of accommodation with another power that had partitioned Poland, the Russian Empire. He favored the re-establishment of Polish independence by nonviolent means, and supported policies favorable to the Polish middle class. During World War I, in Paris, through his Polish National Committee he was a prominent spokesman, to the Allies, for Polish aspirations. He was a principal figure instrumental in the postwar restoration of Poland's independent existence.

Dmowski never wielded official political power, except for a brief period in 1923 as minister of foreign affairs. Nevertheless, he was one of the most influential Polish ideologues and politicians of his time. A controversial personality all his life and since, Dmowski believed that only a Polish-speaking Roman Catholic could be a good Pole; his thinking marginalized other minorities, and he was vocally anti-semitic.[1] In 1926 he attempted to emulate Italian fascism.[2] He remains the prototype of Polish right-wing nationalism[3] and has been called "the father of Polish nationalism."[4][5] Throughout most of his life, he was the chief opponent of the Polish military and political leader Józef Piłsudski and of the latter's vision of Poland as a multinational federation.


  • Early life 1
  • World War I 2
  • After World War I 3
  • Later life 4
  • Death 5
  • Political outlook 6
    • Theorist of nationalism 6.1
    • Anti-semitism and anti-Germanism 6.2
  • Recognition 7
  • Selected works 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
    • In Polish 11.1
  • External links 12

Early life

Dmowski was born on 9 August 1864 in Warsaw's demonstration on the 100th anniversary of the Polish Constitution of 3 May 1791.[7] For this he was imprisoned by the Russian Tsarist authorities for five months in the Warsaw Citadel.[7] Since 1890 he was also developing as a writer and publicist, publishing political and literary critique in Głos, where he became close friends with Jan Ludwik Popławski, who would be his mentor.[7][8]

In April 1893 Dmowski co-founded the

  • Website dedicated to Roman Dmowski
  • Roman Dmowski's funeral (video)
  • TVP Opole documentary about Roman Dmowski

External links

In Polish

  • Cang, Joel: "The Opposition Parties in Poland and Their Attitude towards the Jews and the Jewish Question" Jewish Social Studies, Volume 1, Issue #2, 1939. pages 241–256
  • Dabrowski, Patrice M. "Uses and Abuses of the Polish Past by Józef Piłsudski and Roman Dmowski," The Polish Review (2011) 56#1 pp. 73–109 in JSTOR
  • Journal of Contemporary History, (1971) 6#3 pp 132–54 in JSTOR
  • Fountain, Alvin Marcus Roman Dmowski: Party, Tactics, Ideology 1895–1907, Boulder: East European Monographs, 1980 ISBN 0-914710-53-2.
  • Groth, Alexander J. "Dmowski, Piłsudski and Ethnic Conflict In Pre-1939 Poland," Canadian-American Slavic Studies (1969) 3#1 pp 69–91.
  • Komarnicki, Titus Rebirth of the Polish Republic: A Study in the Diplomatic History of Europe, 1914–1920, London, 1957.
  • Kossert, Andreas. "Founding Father of Modern Poland and Nationalistic Antisemite: Roman Dmowski," in In the Shadow of Hitler: Personalities of the Right in Central and Eastern Europe edited by Rebecca Haynes and Martyn Rady, (2011) pp 89–105
  • Lundgreen-Nielsen, K. The Polish Problem at the Paris Peace Conference: A Study in the Policies of the Great Powers and the Poles, 1918–1919: Odense, 1979.
  • Macmillan, Margaret Paris 1919 : Six Months That Changed The World, New York : Random House, 2003, 2002, 2001 ISBN 0-375-50826-0, pp 207–28
  • Mendelsohn, Ezra. The Jews of East Central Europe between the World Wars, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983 ISBN 0-253-33160-9.
  • Porter, Brian. When Nationalism Began to Hate. Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland, (Oxford University Press, 2000). ISBN 0-19-515187-9
  • Seitz, Richard George. "Dmowski, Piłsudski, and the Idelolgical Clash in the Second Polish Republic." PhD dissertation University of Washington., 1975.
  • Valasek, Paul S. Haller's Polish Army in France, Chicago : 2006 ISBN 0-9779757-0-3.
  • Walicki, Andrzej. "The Troubling Legacy of Roman Dmowski," East European Politics & Societies (2000) 14#1 pp 12–46. stresses xenophobia, anti-Semitism and role of Church
  • Wandycz, Piotr Stefan "Dmowski's Policy and the Paris Peace Conference: Success or Failure?" from The Reconstruction of Poland, 1914–23, edited by P. Latawski: London, 1992.
  • Wandycz, Piotr S. "Poland's Place in Europe in the Concepts of Piłsudski and Dmowski," East European Politics & Societies (1990) 4#3 pp 451–468.
  • Zamoyski, Adam The Polish Way A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and their Culture, London: John Murray Ltd, 1987 ISBN 0-7195-4674-5.

Further reading

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  3. ^ Walicki 1999, p.46
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  6. ^ a b c Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.213
  7. ^ a b c d e f Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.214
  8. ^ a b c d e
  9. ^ a b c d e Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.215
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Zamoyski, Adam The Polish Way page 329.
  11. ^ Zamoyski pages 329–330.
  12. ^ a b Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.216
  13. ^ page 108
  14. ^ a b c d Zamoyski page 330.
  15. ^ Walicki 1999, p.25
  16. ^ a b Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.217
  17. ^ Zamoyski page 332.
  18. ^ a b c d Walicki 1999, p.26
  19. ^ a b c d Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.218
  20. ^ a b c d e f g Lerski 1996, p.116
  21. ^ a b Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.219
  22. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.28
  23. ^
  24. ^ a b Zamoyski, Adam The Polish Way page 333.
  25. ^ a b c d , p.12
  26. ^ a b c d e f Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.220
  27. ^ a b Zamoyski page 334.
  28. ^ a b c d e f Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.221
  29. ^ Immanuel Geiss "Tzw. polski pas graniczny 1914–1918". Warszawa 1964
  30. ^ H.E. Goeman, War and Punishment: The Causes of War Termination and the First World War, Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 105.
  31. ^ Stanisław Schimitzek, Truth or Conjecture?: German Civilian War Losses in the East, Zachodnia Agencia Prasowa, 1966, p. 366.
  32. ^ To the Threshold of Power, 1922/33: Origins and Dynamics of the Fascist and Nationalist Socialist Dictatorships, pp. 151–52.
  33. ^ Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands by Omer Bartov and Eric D. Weitz page 55 Indiana University Press 2013
  34. ^ The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke By Timothy Snyder "On the annexations and ethnic cleansing, see Geiss, Der Polnische Grenzstreifen"
  35. ^ Absolute Destruction: Military Culture And The Practices Of War In Imperial Germany Isabel V. Hull page 233 Cornell University Press, 2005
  36. ^ Ewolucja systemu politycznego w Polsce w latach 1914–1998. T. 1. Odbudowanie niepodległego państwa i jego rozwój do 1945 r. Cz. 1, Zbiór studiów 1999. Polska myśl zachodnia XIX I XX wieku Czubiński Antoni
  37. ^ Macmillan, Margaret Paris 1919 pages 209–210 & 212.
  38. ^ Macmillan pages 212–213.
  39. ^ Macmillan page 210.
  40. ^ a b c Macmillan page 212.
  41. ^ Walicki, 1999, p. 2930.
  42. ^ Macmillan page 213.
  43. ^ a b c d e f Macmillan pages 213–214.
  44. ^ Macmillan page 214.
  45. ^ pp. 499–501
  46. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.13
  47. ^ a b Lundgreen-Nielsen, K. The Polish Problem at the Paris Peace Conference pages 131–134 & pages 231–233
  48. ^ Lundgreen-Nielsen pages 223–224.
  49. ^ a b Lundgreen-Nielsen page 225.
  50. ^ Lundgreen-Nielsen pages 225–226.
  51. ^ Lundgreen-Nielsen pages 238–240.
  52. ^ Wybór pism Romana Dmowskiego: Przypisy do "Polityki polskiej i odbudowania panśtwa". Kościół, narod i państwo. Świat powojenny i polska Roman Dmowski, Antonina Bogdan, Stanisław Bojarczuk Instytut Romana Dmowskiego,page 210 1988 – History
  53. ^ Glaukopis: pismo społeczno-historyczne, Issues 5–8 Wojciech J. Muszyński, 2006
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  55. ^ , p.13
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  58. ^ a b c Lundgreen-Nielsen page 217.
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  60. ^ a b c d e Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.222
  61. ^
  62. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.30
  63. ^ a b
  64. ^ a b c d e f Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.223
  65. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.31
  66. ^ a b Zamoyski, Adam The Polish Way page 347.
  67. ^ a b c d Chrzanowski and Konopczyński (1946), p.224
  68. ^ Roman Dmowski at Find a Grave
  69. ^
  70. ^ Walicki 1999, p.23
  71. ^ a b c Walicki 1999, p.14
  72. ^ a b c d e f g h Macmillan, Margaret Paris 1919 page 209.
  73. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.15
  74. ^ Walicki 1999, p.32
  75. ^ Patrice M. Dabrowski, "Uses and Abuses of the Polish Past by Józef Piłsudski and Roman Dmowski," The Polish Review (2011) 56#1 pp. 73-109
  76. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.19-20
  77. ^
  78. ^
  79. ^ pages 301–308 of his 1925 book Polityka Polska i odbudowanie państwa (Polish Politics and the Rebuilding of the State)
  80. ^ Mendelsohn, Ezra The Jews of East Central Europe pages 38 & 261.
  81. ^ Mendelsohn page 38.
  82. ^ a b Walicki 1999, p.33
  83. ^
  84. ^ Paulsson page 70.
  85. ^
  86. ^ Walicki 1999, p.28-29
  87. ^ Israel Oppenheim, "The Radicalization of the Endecja's Anti-Jewish Line during and after the 1905 Revolution," Shvut (2000), Vol. 9, pp 32–66.
  88. ^ Paulsson page 21.
  89. ^ a b Paulsson page 41.
  90. ^
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  92. ^
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  95. ^ Uchwała Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 8 stycznia 1999 r. o uczczeniu pamięci Romana Dmowskiego PDF (29.7 KB)
  96. ^ Kunert and Smogorzewska 1998, 388.


See also

  • Myśli nowoczesnego Polaka (Thoughts of a Modern Pole), 1902.
  • Niemcy, Rosja a sprawa polska (Germany, Russia and the Polish Cause), 1908. French translation published under the title: La question polonaise (Paris 1909).
  • Separatyzm Żydów i jego źródła (Separatism of Jews and its Sources), 1909.
  • Upadek myśli konserwatywnej w Polsce (The Decline of Conservative Thought in Poland), 1914.
  • Polityka polska i odbudowanie państwa (Polish Politics and the Rebuilding of the State), 1925.
  • Zagadnienie rządu (On Government), 1927.
  • Kościół, naród i państwo (The Church, Nation and State), 1927.
  • Świat powojenny i Polska (The World after War and Poland), 1931.
  • Przewrót (The Coup), 1934.

Selected works

Dmowski was awarded several state awards – the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1923), Order of the Star of Romania and Order of Oranje-Nassau. He received the honoris causa doctorate from the Cambridge University (1916) and the University of Poznań (1923). He refused other awards.[96]

For his achievement for the independence of Poland and expansion of Polish national consciousness, he was honoured on 8 January 1999 by the Polish Sejm with special legislation. The document honours him also for founding Polish school of political realism and responsibility, shaping Polish (especially the Western) borders and "emphasizing the firm connection between Catholicism and Polishness for the survival of the Nation and the rebuilding of the State".[71][95]

Suppressed during the era of fascist and opponent of tolerance; due to similar protests plans to raise statues or memorials elsewhere have commonly been delayed.[92][93][94]

Dmowski's life and work has been subject to numerous academic articles and books. Andrzej Walicki in 1999 noted that main sources on Dmowski are Andrzej Micewski's Roman Dmowski (1971), Roman Wapiński's Roman Dmowski (1988) and Krzysztof Kawalec's Roman Dmowski (1996).[25]

Statue, Warsaw


Dmowski was also a vocal opponent of the free masonry[64] as well as of feminism.[90]

For Dmowski, one of Poland's principal problems was that not enough Polish-speaking Catholics were middle-class, while too many ethnic Germans and Jews were. To remedy this perceived problem, he envisioned a policy of confiscating the wealth of Jews and ethnic Germans and redistributing it to Polish Catholics. Dmowski was never able to have this program passed into law by the Endecja candidates in the elections for the Duma, which Dmowski blamed on Warsaw's Jewish population.[88] Throughout his life, Dmowski associated Jews with Germans as Poland's principal enemies; the origins of this identification stemmed from Dmowski's deep anger over the forcible "Germanization" policies carried out by the German government against its Polish minority during the Imperial period, and over the fact that most Jews living in the disputed German/Polish territories had chosen to assimilate into German culture, not Polish culture.[89] In Dmowski's opinion Jewish community was not attracted to the cause of Polish independence and was likely to ally itself with potential enemies of Polish state if it would benefit their status.[89]

Dmowski had advocated emigration of the entire Jewish population of Poland as the solution to what he regarded as Poland's "Jewish problem",[83] and over time came to argue for increasing harsh measures against the Jewish minority,[84] though he never explicitly suggested killing Jews.[66] He opposed physical violence,[22][85] arguing for the boycotts of Jewish businesses instead,[86] later supplemented with their separation in the cultural area (through polices such as numerus clausus).[64][82] Dmowski made anti-Semitism a central element in Endecja's radical nationalist outlook. Endecja's crusade against Jewish cultural values gained mounting intensity in antisemitism of the 1930s, but there were no major pogroms or violent attacks on the Jews in Poland until the German Nazis occupied Poland and made it their mission in 1939–44.[87]

Dmowski often communicated his belief in a "international Jewish conspiracy" aimed against Poland. In his essay "Żydzi wobec wojny" (Jews on the War) written about World War One,[79] Dmowski claimed that Zionism was only a cloak to disguise the Jewish ambition to rule the world. Dmowski asserted that once a Jewish state was established in Palestine, this would serve as a nucleus for the Jewish take-over of the world.[80] In the same essay, Dmowski accused the Jews of being Poland's most dangerous enemy and of working hand in hand with the Germans to dismember Poland again.[81] Dmowski believed that the 3,000,000 Polish Jews were far too numerous to be absorbed, and assimilated into the Polish Catholic culture.[82]

Anti-semitism and anti-Germanism

Dmowski admired Italian fascism. In the summer of 1926 Dmowski wrote a series of article admiring Mussolini and the Italian fascist model, and helped organize the Camp of Great Poland (OWP), a broad anti-Sanacja front modeled on Italian fascism that was known for its anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence.[2][78] Later he nonetheless tried to ensure that OWM would not blindly imitate the Italian or German models.[65]

In the prewar years, the history of Poland was contested terrain as different ideological forces pulled Polish nationalists in opposite directions, represented by Dmowski and Piłsudski.[75] Throughout his career, Dmowski deeply disliked Piłsudski and much of what he stood for.[72] Dmowski came from an impoverished urban background and had little fondness for Poland's traditional elitist social structure.[71][72] Instead, Dmowski favored a modernizing program and felt Poles should stop looking back nostalgically at the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which Dmowski held in deep contempt and should instead embrace the "modern world".[72] In particular, Dmowski despised the old Commonwealth for its multi-national structure and religious tolerance.[72] He saw the ethnic minorities in Poland as a direct threat to the cultural identity, integrity and ethnic cohesion of Poland, directly in competition with the Polish petit bourgeoisie with which he identified.[73] Dmowski argued that good citizens should only have one allegiance to the nation, and there is no middle ground.[76] In his ideal Poland there would be no ethnic minorities, they would either be polonized or forced to emigrate.[77] The success of his nationalistic ideas, also adopted and propagated by nationalists in other countries (such as Lithuania and Ukraine) contributed to the disappearance of the tolerant, multicultural Polish-Lithuanian identity.[76]

In his 1902 book Myśli nowoczesnego Polaka (Thoughts of a Modern Pole), Dmowski denounced all forms of Polish Romantic nationalism and traditional Polish values.[10] He sharply criticized the idea of Poland as a spiritual concept and as a cultural idea.[10] Instead Dmowski argued that Poland was merely a physical entity that needed to be brought into existence through pragmatic bargaining and negotiating, not via what Dmowski considered to be pointless revolts – doomed to failure before they even began – against the partitioning powers.[10] For Dmowski, what the Poles needed was a "healthy national egoism" that would not be guided by what Dmowski regarded as the unrealistic political principles of Christianity.[10] In the same book, Dmowski blamed the fall of the old Commonwealth on its tradition of tolerance.[10] While at first critical of Christianity, Dmowski viewed some sects of Christianity as beneficial to certain nations, through not necessarily Poland. Later in 1927 he revised this earlier view and renounced his criticism of Catholicism, seeing it as an essential part of the Polish identity. Dmowski saw all minorities as weakening agents within the nation that needed to be purged.[10][74]

Dmowski had a scientist's background and thus and preferred logic and reason over emotion and passion.[72] He once told famous pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski that music was "mere noise".[72] Dmowski felt very strongly that Poles should abandon what he considered to be foolish romantic nationalism and useless gestures of defiance and should instead work hard at becoming businessmen and scientists.[72][73] Dmowski was very much influenced by Social Darwinist theories, then popular in the Western world, and saw life as a merciless struggle between "strong" nations who dominated and "weak" nations who were dominated.[72]

From his early student years, Dmowski was opposed to socialism and suspicious of federalism; he desired Polish independence and a strong Polish state, and saw socialism and conciliatory federalist policies as prioritizing an international idea over the national one.[7][70] Over the years he became an influential European nationalist thinker.[46][71]

Theorist of nationalism

Political outlook

Dmowski was buried at the Bródno Cemetery in Warsaw in the family grave.[67][68] His funeral was widely attended,[67] with at least 100,000 attendees; the Piłsudski's legacy sanacja government snubbed him without any official representative attending.[69]

In 1937 Dmowski, previously leaning towards ancestor worship, returned to the Catholic Church.[67] Weakening in health, Dmowski moved to the village of Drozdowo near Łomża, where he died on 2 January 1939.[67]

Grave in Bródno Cemetery
Funeral procession


In 1926, in the aftermath of Piłsudski's May coup d'état, Dmowski founded the Camp of Great Poland (Obóz Wielkiej Polski), though he would find himself more of an ideologue than a leader, as he was displaced by new, younger politicians.[64][65] In 1928 he founded the National Party (Stronnictwo Narodowe).[64] He kept publishing newspaper articles, brochures and books.[64] With declining health, he mostly retired from politics by 1930.[20] In 1934, a section of the youth wing of the Endecja found Dmowski insufficiently hardline for their taste and broke away to found the more radical National Radical Camp (known by its Polish acronym as the ONR).[64] His last major campaign was a series of political attacks on the alleged "Judeo-Masonic" associates of President Ignacy Mościcki.[66]

He was a Minister of Foreign Affairs from October to December 1923 in the government of Wincenty Witos.[60] That year he received the Order of Polonia Restituta from the government of Władysław Sikorski.[60]

When the time came to write a Polish constitution in the early 1920s, the National Democrats insisted upon a weak presidency and strong legislative branch. Dmowski was convinced that Piłsudski would become president and saw a weak executive mandate as the best way of crippling his rival. The constitution of 1921 did indeed outline a government with a weak executive branch.[61] When Gabriel Narutowicz, a friend of Piłsudski, was elected President by the Sejm in 1922, he was seen by many among endecja as having been elected with the support of the parties representing the national minorities, with the notable backing of the Polish Jewish politician Yitzhak Gruenbaum.[62][63] After Narutowicz's election, the National Democrats started a major campaign of vilification of the "Jewish president" elected by "foreigners".[63] Subsequently, a fanatical National Democratic supporter, painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski assassinated Narutowicz.[62]

Dmowski was a deputy to the 1919 Popular National Union (Związek Ludowo-Narodowy).[20] During the Polish-Soviet War he was a member of the Council of National Defense and a vocal critic of Piłsudski's policies.[20][60] In the aftermath of the war, Polish eastern borders were similar, if somewhat smaller, from what became known as the Dmowski's Line.[60]

Dmowski, 1936

Later life

Dmowski himself was disappointed with the [59]

Forever a political opponent of Piłsudski, Dmowski favored what he called a "national state," a state in which the citizens would speak Polish and be of the Roman Catholic faith.[54] If Piłsudski's vision of Poland was based on the historical multiethnic state that had existed under the Jagiellonian dynasty, which he hoped to recreate with a multinational federation (Międzymorze federation),[55] Dmowski's vision was the earlier Polish kingdom ruled by the Piast dynasty, ethnically and religiously homogeneous.[54] Piłsudski believed in a wide definition of Polish citizenship in which peoples of different languages, cultures and faiths were to be united by a common loyalty to the reborn Polish state.[56][57] Dmowski regarded Piłsudski's views as dangerous nonsense, and felt that the presence of large number of ethnic minorities would undermine the security of Polish state. At the Paris Peace Conference, he argued strenuously against the Minority Rights Treaty forced on Poland by the Allies.

[53][52] Dmowski since a long time praised Czechs as model for national restoration in face of Germanization, and despite his dispute with Czech political leaders, his opinion of the Czech people as a whole remained positive[51].Czechoslovakia region, and instead supported the claims of Cieszyn Silesia The French did not back Dmowski's aspirations in the [50], and not the decisions of the diplomats in Paris, that decided that the region would be part of Poland.the actual fighting on the ground in Galicia From the Allied powers only the French supported Polish claims to Galica wholeheartedly. In the end, it was [28] His support for that was however more lackluster than that for other regions, and he opposed Piłsudski's proposal of an alliance or federation with Ukrainians.[49] of Galicia.oil fields In addition, Dmowski wished to acquire the [49], Dmowski claimed that the local Ukrainians were quite incapable of ruling themselves and also required the civilizing influence of Polish leadership.Galicia With regard to the former Austrian province of East [48] This caused Dmowski to have very acrimonious disputes with the Lithuanian delegation at Paris.[28][26] within a Polish state.autonomy His initial plans for Lithuania involved giving it an [47] In regard to

As a Polish delegate at the Paris Peace Conference and a signatory of the Versailles Treaty, Dmowski exerted a substantial influence on the Treaty's favorable decisions regarding Poland.[25] On 29 January 1919, Dmowski met with the Allies' Supreme War Council for the first time; his five-hour presentation there, delivered in English and French, was described as brilliant.[46] At the meeting, Dmowski stated that he had little interest in laying claim to areas of Ukraine and Lithuania that were formerly part of Poland, but no longer had a Polish majority. At the same time Dmowski strongly pressed for the return of Polish territories with Polish-speaking majorities taken by Prussia from Poland in 1790s. Dmowski himself admitted that from a purely historical point of view, the Polish claims to Silesia were not entirely strong, but he claimed it for Poland on economic grounds, especially the coal fields.[43] Moreover, Dmowski claimed that German statistics had lied about the number of ethnic Poles living in eastern Germany and that, "these Poles were some of the most educated and highly cultured in the nation, with a strong sense of nationality and men of progressive ideas".[43] In addition, Dmowski, with the strong backing of the French, wanted to send the "Blue Army" to Poland via Danzig, Germany (modern Gdańsk, Poland); it was the intention of both Dmowski and the French that the Blue Army create a territorial fait accompli.[28][43] This proposal created much opposition from the Germans, the British and the Americans, and finally the Blue Army was sent to Poland in April 1919 via land.[43] Piłsudski was opposed to needlessly annoying the Allies, and it has been suggested that he did not care much about the Danzig issue.[47]

At the end of the World War, two governments claimed to be the legitimate governments of Poland: Dmowski's in Paris and Piłsudski's in Warsaw. To put an end to the rival claims of Piłsudski and Dmowski, the composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski met with both men and persuaded them to reluctantly join forces.[42] Both men had something that the other needed. Piłsudski was in possession of Poland after the war, but as the Pole who had fought with the Austrians for the Central Powers against the Russians, he was distrusted by the Allies. Piłsudski's newly reborn Polish Army, formed from his Polish Legions, needed arms from the Allies, something that Dmowski was much better suited to persuade the Allies to deliver upon.[43] Beyond that, the French were planning to send the Blue Army of General Józef Haller — loyal to Dmowski – back to Poland. The fear was that if Piłsudski and Dmowski did not put aside their differences, a civil war might break out between their partisans.[44] Paderewski was successful in working out a compromise in which Dmowski and himself were to represent Poland at the Paris Peace Conference while Piłsudski was to serve as provisional president of Poland.[43] Not all of Dmowski's supporters accepted this compromise, and on 5 January 1919, Dmowski's partisans (led by Marian Januszajtis-Żegota and Eustachy Sapieha) attempted a failed coup against Piłsudski.[45]

Borders proposed for Poland by Dmowski at the Paris Peace Conference (the Dmowski Line)

After World War I

[41]] party."Endecja In turn, Dmowski's experiences at that time convinced him of the existence of an international "Judeo-Masonic conspiracy, unfriendly towards Poland and intrasigently hostile to his [[40], a Jew who served as the British Foreign Office's resident expert on Poland during the war, and who claimed to be personally offended by antisemitic remarks made by Dmowski. Namier fought hard against British recognition of Dmowski and "his chauvinist gang".Lewis Namier Another leading critic of Dmowski was the historian Sir [40] Another area of objection to Dmowski was with his [39] In part, Wilson's objections stemmed from dislike of Dmowski personally. One British diplomat stated, "He was a clever man, and clever men are distrusted; he was logical in his political theories and we hate logic; and he was persistent with a tenacity which was calculated to drive everybody mad."

In September that year, Dmowski's National Committee was recognized by the French as the legitimate government of Poland.[27] The British and the Americans were less enthusiastic about Dmowski's National Committee, but likewise recognized it as Poland's government a year later.[37] However, the Americans refused to provide backing for what they regarded as Dmowski's excessive territorial claims (Dmowski's Line). The American President Woodrow Wilson reported, "I saw Mr. Dmowski and Mr. Paderewski in Washington, and I asked them to define Poland for me, as they understood it, and they presented me with a map in which they claimed a large part of the earth."[38]

In 1915, Dmowski, increasingly convinced of Russia's impending defeat, decided that to support the cause of Polish independence he should go abroad to campaign on behalf of Poland in the capitals of the western Allies.[26] During his lobbying efforts, his friends included such opinion makers as the British journalist Wickham Steed. In particular, Dmowski was very successful in France, where he made a very favorable impression on public opinion.[27] He gave a series of lecture at Cambridge University, which impressed the local faculty enough that he was given a honorary doctorate.[26] In August 1917, in Paris, he created a new Polish National Committee aimed at rebuilding a Polish state.[20][26] That year he also published, at his own expense, Problems of Central and Eastern Europe, that he soon distributed among numerous English speaking diplomats.[25][26] He was a vocal critic of Austro-Hungary, and campaigned for the creation of a number of Slavic states (including for the Czechs, Hungarians and Romanians) in its place.[28] Within the Polish political community, he opposed those who supported allying themselves with Germany and Austria-Hungary, including supporters of a vague German proposal for a Regency Kingdom of Poland, with undefined borders, that Germany promised to create after World War I (while in secret, actually planning to strip it of up to 30,000 square kilometers for German colonization after the removal of its Polish population).[28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35] In 1917 Dmowski laid out a plan for the borders of a re-created Polish state; it would include Greater Poland, Pomerania with Gdańsk, Upper Silesia, south strip of East Prussia and Cieszyn Silesia.[36]

In 1914 Dmowski praised the Grand Duke Nicholas's Manifesto to the Polish Nation of 14 August, which vaguely assured the Tsar's Polish subjects that there would be greater autonomy for "Congress Poland" after the war, and that the Austrian provinces of East and West Galicia, together with the Pomerania province of Prussia, would be annexed to the Kingdom of Poland when the German Empire and Austria-Hungary were defeated.[20][24] However, subsequent attempts on the part of Dmowski to have the Russians make firmer commitments along the lines of the Grand Duke Nicholas's manifesto were met with elusive answers.[20][24] Nonetheless, Dmowski's pro-Russian and anti-German propaganda succeeded in frustrating Piłsudski's plans of causing an anti-Russian uprising, and bolstered his position as an important Polish political figure on the international scene, especially with the Triple Entente.[18][25] In November he became one of the active members of the Polish National Committee.[21]

World War I

[23][22][21] He lost the election to the [19].Endecja This was not a universally popular attitude, and in 1909 Dmowski resigned his deputy mandate to focus on an internal political struggle within

Over time, Dmowski became more receptive to Russian overtures, particularly neoslavism, warming up to the idea that Poland and Russia may have a common future, particularly due to Germany being their common enemy.[18][19] In light of what he regarded as Russian cultural inferiority, Dmowski felt that a strong Russia was more acceptable than a strong Germany. In Dmowski's view, the Russian policy of Russification would not succeed in subjugating the Poles, while the Germans would be far more successful with their Germanisation policies.[8][18] He explained those views in his book Niemcy, Rosja i kwestia Polska (Germany, Russia and the Polish Cause), published in 1908.[19][20]

As a result of the elections to the First Duma (legislative assembly in the late Russian Empire), which were boycotted by the PPS, the National Democrats won 34 of the 55 seats allotted to Poland.[17] Dmowski himself was elected a deputy to the Second and Third Dumas (beginning on 27 February 1907) and was president of the Polish caucus within it.[16][18] He was seen as a conservative, and despite being a Polish caucus leader, he often had more influence on the Russian than the Polish deputies.[19]

In 1905, Dmowski moved to Warsaw, back in the Russian partition of Poland, where he continued to play a growing role in the Endecja faction.[16] During the Russian Revolution of 1905, Dmowski favoured co-operation with the Imperial Russian authorities and welcomed Nicholas II's October Manifesto of 1905 as a stepping stone on the road towards renewed Polish autonomy.[14] During the revolt in Łódź in June 1905, the Endeks, acting under Dmowski's orders, opposed the uprising led by Piłsudski's Polish Socialist Party (PPS).[14] During the course of the "June Days," as the Łódź uprising is known, a miniature civil war raged between Endecja and the PPS.[14]

Dmowski opposed revolutionary means of fighting, preferring political struggle, and aimed for independence through increased autonomy.[8] After the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War, Dmowski met with Colonel Akashi Motojiro, the Japanese military attache in Sweden and spy-master for Japanese intelligence activities, in Kraków in March 1904. Although reluctant to collaborate with the Japanese, Dmowski agreed to Akashi's proposal that Polish soldiers in Manchuria might be encouraged to defect to the Imperial Japanese Army.[13] He travelled to Tokyo to work out the details, and at the same time made a successful effort to prevent the Japanese from aiding a rival Polish political activist, Józef Piłsudski, who wanted assistance for a planned insurrection in Poland, an aspiration which Dmowski felt would be doomed to failure.[12][14][15]

[12][8].European history in manifesto), one of the first if not the first nationalist Thoughts of a Modern Pole (Myśli nowoczesnego Polaka In 1903 he published a book, [9] of Poland.Austrian partition, then part of the Kraków In 1901 he took up residence in [9].Brazil From 1898 to 1900, he resided in both France and Britain, and travelled to [11] In 1899, Dmowski founded the Society for National Education as an ancillary group.[10]

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