Abstract The first attempts to obtain support for Poland from the British public opinion were related to the period of the First World War. It was when the Polish politicians in London, representing various political views started more effective propaganda actions. After the war, the obligation to promote knowledge about Poland was assumed by the Polish diplomatic missions. Thanks to great effort of Polish diplomats, their personal commitment, fresher initiatives appeared, targeted to remove ignorance concerning Polish affairs, as well as history, culture and science. For this purpose, they organised lectures and readings for the Polish professors in Great Britain. The Polish students were also supported in their activities related to Polish cultural propaganda, however there were not many of them. It was considered that cooperation with the British students, organisations and associations was more important. The creation of Polish language courses for English students at the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham was a great success. However, all those activities were limited by financial problems as the well as lack of the Polish Foreign Ministry understanding.
Annales UMCS, Historia – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 1, 2012