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Poland, 1918-1945 : An Interpretive and Documentary History of the Second Republic - Peter D. Stachura

Poland, 1918-1945

An Interpretive and Documentary History of the Second Republic

Hardcover Published: 24th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415343572
Number Of Pages: 240

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In the turbulent history of twentieth-century Europe, the reborn Polish State faced the most formidable and diverse array of problems imaginable. From 1918 until the end of the Second World War, Poland struggled to retain and consolidate Independence, finally falling prey to the alien ideology and political system of Communism. The period of the Second Polish Republic, from its establishment in 1918 until its end in 1945, has often been viewed in the context of its negative aspects and failures. This lucid new study demonstrates that a far more positive assessment is needed, through an informed, balanced and objective approach.
Based on extensive range of Polish, British, German, Jewish and Ukranian primary and secondary sources, this work provides an objective appraisal of the inter-war period. Peter Stachura demonstrates how the Republic overcame giant obstacles at home and abroad to achieve consolidation as an independent state in the early 1920s, made relative economic progress, created a coherent social order, produced an outstanding cultural scene, advanced educational opportunity, and adopted constructive and even-handed policies towards its ethnic minorities. Without denying the defeats suffered by the Republic, Peter Stachura demonstrates that the fate of Poland after 1945, with the imposition of an unwanted, Soviet-dominated Communist system, was thoroughly undeserved.

Abbreviations and Glossaryp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Independence Regainedp. 6
Consolidationp. 28
Society and the Economyp. 45
Politicsp. 59
The Ethnic Minoritiesp. 79
Culture and Educationp. 101
Foreign Policyp. 111
Occupation and Resistancep. 130
The Jewish Holocaust and the Polesp. 144
Defeat in Victoryp. 161
Conclusionp. 182
Bibliographyp. 188
p. 201
p. 208
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780415343572
ISBN-10: 0415343577
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 13.92  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1