Ignacy Paderewski and His Legacy

Ignacy Paderewski and His Legacy

Issued: Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:58:00 GMT

Lecture by Anita J Prażmowska, Professor of International History, London School of Economics.

4pm, Tuesday 1 March 2011
Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B

Paderewski’s name is usually associated with music but, like many Polish artists and intellectuals, he could not avoid dealing with the Polish national cause. Unlike many, however, he had an opportunity significantly to affect the creation of the new state after 1918. He and Piłsudski are considered the architects of modern Poland, though his contribution has been overshadowed by the latter, whose personality dominated interwar politics. This lecture will redress the balance by examining the lasting impact of Paderewski’s activities at Versailles in 1919 and its continuing relevance within contemporary Poland.

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