A Young Turk from Lehistan: Tadeusz Gasztowtt aka Seyfeddin Bey (1881 - 1936) and his Activities During the Second Constitutional Period (1908 – 1918)

  • Following the final partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1795) the Ottoman Empire became one of the key destinations for Polish political émigrés. They fled to Istanbul hoping for Ottoman support in their efforts to regain independence. Not only did they promote an independent Polish state, but also were many of them involved in the modernization enterprise of the Ottoman state. During the Second Constitutional Period (1908-1918) Tadeusz Gasztowtt aka Seyfeddin Bey came to prominence as a supporter of the Committee of Union and Progress, journalist, diplomat and soldier. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of WWI he was one of the main organizers of the diplomatic rapprochement between independent Poland and the Ottoman Empire and later, the Republic of Turkey. Given Gasztowtt’s service to a double national cause this paper puts forward a more inclusive category of a Polish Ottoman or an Ottoman Pole to define the overlapping allegiances of this individual.

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Lehrstuhl für Turkologie
Author:Paulina Dominik
Publishing Institution:Chair of Turkish Studies, Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg
Place of publication:Bamberg
Year of publication:2014
Pages / Size:20 S.
Collections (Serial Number):Occasional Papers in Ottoman Biographies (2,2014)
SWD-Keyword:Osmanisches Reich ; Polen ; Exil ; Geschichte 1908-1918 ; Online-Publikation
Keywords:Committee of Union and Progress; Ottoman Empire; Polish independence; Tadeusz Gasztowtt/Seyfeddin Bey; overlapping allegiances
DDC-Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 94 Geschichte Europas / 940 Geschichte Europas
RVK-Classification:NP 5960
Document Type:Variety of texts
Publishing Institution:Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Release Date:2014/11/07
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)