After World War II, 12 million Germans, 3 million Poles and Ukrainians, and tens of thousands of Hungarians were expelled from their homes and forced to migrate to their supposed countries of origin. This work gives an account of the turmoil caused by the migration during the nascent Cold War. The work also documents the deep and lasting political, social and economic consequences of this traumatic time, raising difficult questions about the effect of forced migration on postwar reconstruction, the rise of Communism, and the growing tensions between Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Those interested in European Cold War history should find this work useful for understanding the upheavals caused by the massive ethnic cleansing that took place from 1944 to 1948.
Powerful... These compelling essays ... incorporate new archival researches and transnational historiographic reflection, and the authors consistently underscore the broader implications of the expulsion, resettlement, and awkward integration of millions of people for our understanding of nation building and global political strategies. CHOICE Redrawing Nations offers a useful overview of a difficult part of the Cold War puzzle, thanks to two excellent introductions and several highly instructive essays. -- Padraic Kenney Journal of Cold War Studies One of the first comprehensive English-language histories of the ethnic cleansing of Germans, Poles, and Ukranians in Eastern and Central Europe at the end of World War II. This collection of well-researched essays thoroughly covers the cruel, vindictive, and oftern violent transfer of populations, in which millions of people lost their homes, their posessions and their lives. Redrawing Nations is a significant book on an important subject. Journal of Military History A terrific compendium. There is nothing like this important and extremely useful book available in English. The archival work is pioneering, and the insights gleaned from the archives help us all understand better the much-underrated significance of the issues related to the deportation of Germans, Ukrainians, and Poles from their homelands in post-World War II East-Central Europe. -- Norman Naimark, Stanford University The book should be read not only by contemporary historians and students of nationalism, but also by students of literature concerned with the subterfuges of Social Realism, and by politicians who want to comprehend better the present political unease of east central Europe. Redrawing Nations will deservedly become a standard text. Slavic Review ...fine and highly welcome compendium. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History A valuable volume. Journal Of European Area Studies Unique in moving beyond the purely diplomatic context to look at the profound social, economic, and political changes that forced migration brought not only to receiving but also to expelling states. Moreover, it's publication in English makes the most recent research by central European scholars on the subject available to a far wider audience. Slavonic & East European Review A worthy first volume for the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series. This book should encourage policy-makers to think twice, or three times, before recommending such a solution. Journal of Slavic Military Studies A striking historical report of forced pupulation transfers in Europe after World War II. Population and Development Review A thorough and highly-readable examination of a history we know less well than we think. For the specialist, this book cites documents and provides detailed demographics not previously available. For the generalist, the book provides insights into policies often overshadowed by other events of the immediate Cold War period but which are relevant to current conflicts elsewhere in Europe and the world. Either reader would benefit from this book. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics Redrawing Nations merits a read. Professional Geographer Provides the reader with a good account of the forced population transfer in East-Central Europe after the Second World War. Replete with plenty of empirical detail, the publication of Redrawing Nations is to be welcomed. Nations and Nationalism The present volume is an unusually good and valuable collection of scholarly work on history's most ambitious ethnic-cleansing project. Central European History This is a significant and groundbreaking collection...one of the first English-language sources on a body of research that is slowly beginning to come to terms with the phenomenon of ethnic cleansing in the twentieth century. Austrian History Yearbook