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Professor Michał Leśniewski


Born in 1966 is a Doctor of History, works as a Professor in the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. M.A. in June 1990, Ph.D. in Oct. 1997 (Ph.D. Dissertation: ‘The Role of South Africa in Shaping Concepts of British Imperial Policy, 1899-1914’); Postdoctoral Degree (habilitation) in Feb. 2010 (Postdoctoral Dissertation: ‘Africans, Boers and British. A Study in Relations, 1795-1854’). He specializes in 19th and 20th Century History, especially the history of the European colonialism, British Empire in 19th and 20th Century, History of Africa (especially South Africa) and the History of the United Kingdom and the United States in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Since 1991 has worked at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw, first as assistant lecturer, since 1998 as assistant professor. Since 2021 full Professor in the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. In 1991-2009 collaborated with the American Studies Centre, University of Warsaw. Regularly cooperates with „Werkwinkel. Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies” half-yearly. Since 2017 a member of African Studies Association.

1994: scholarship, Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität in Berlin.
1995: Oxford Hospitality Scheme, Nuffield College.
1995-1996: Fulbright scholarship, Indiana University Bloomington.
Since 1996 regular study visits to the National Archives in London.
1999: participant in a conference held in Bloemfontein (RSA) on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Boer War.
2001-2002: scholar exchange visit to the University of Notre Dame.
2006, 2015: archive research at the Cape Town Archives Repository.
2014 archive research in the Killie Campbell Africana Library in Durban and at the  Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository in Pietermaritzburg, in Talana Museum in Dundee.

Full bibliography

Most important publications

Most important scholarly articles

  • “A Few Thoughts on the Genesis of the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902”, Journal of Contemporary History (Univ. of Free State), vol. 25, no. 2, 2001, pp. 23-40

  • “Klaas Stuurman. A Few Thoughts on the Final Days of Khoi-khoi Independence”, Africana Bulletin, vol. 57, 2009, pp. 41-63

  • “Guns and Horses, c. 1750 to c. 1850: Korana – People or Raiding Hordes?” Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies, vol. 5, 2010, no. 2, pp. 11-26


  • “The United States and the United Kingdom during the War in South Africa, 1899-1902”, w: Polish Perspectives on American History. Insights, Interpretations, Revisions, ed. H. Parafianowicz, University of Białystok Press, Białystok 2012, pp. 115-129


  • “Chronology of the Klip River Affair of 1847”, Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies, vol. 9, 2014, no. 1, pp. 23-41