ДІЯЛЬНІСТЬ ЛЕОНА ВАСИЛЕВСЬКОГО НА ПОСАДІ МІНІСТРА ЗАКОРДОННИХ СПРАВ ПЕРШОГО УРЯДУ ВІДРОДЖЕНОЇ РЕСПУБЛІКИ ПОЛЬЩА
LEON WASILEWSKI’S ACTIVITY AS THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENT OF THE REVIVED REPUBLIC OF POLAND
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Leon Wasilewski played a vivid role during the struggle for the independence of Poland as well as had a great influence on the formation of foreign policy of the Joseph Pilsudski. He is rightly called "the architect of the Eastern policy of Pilsudski". The article dedicated to the activities of Wasilewski as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the first government of the restored Polish state, which played significant place in a series of all subsequent Polish governments. Although Wasilewski’s worked as Minister only two month, he managed to create an organizational structure of the ministry that could work in difficult and unstable conditions. The role of the first foreign minister of the state that had existed in a very difficult international situation was described. Wasilewski had challenges that were far beyond the competence of minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in normal situation. Main attention is paid to Wasilewski’s activity in the process of setting the state boundary of the Republic of Poland as well as the establishing the international relations with neighbors. During Wasilewski short-term period on the position of the Minister, he showed himself as talented and visionary diplomat. Based on the idea of the federation, Wasilewski created the concept of the territorial form of the Polish state that Pilsudski was trying to put into practice in 1919–1920. Shown himself perfectly as the minister of foreign affairs, he gained more respect from J. Pilsudski and remained one of his most loyal adherent. The resignation did not mean the end of Wasilewski’s political activity. At the personal proposition of the “Commandant of the State”, he participated in the Paris Peace Conference (1919) as well as took part in the signing of The Treaty of Riga (1921).
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