By T. David Curp
A fresh Sweep? The Politics of Ethnic detoxification in Western Poland, 1945-1960 examines the long term effect of ethnic detoxification on postwar Poland, concentrating on the western Polish provinces of Poznan and Zielona G?ra. utilising archival fabrics from a number of resources, together with newly to be had mystery Police files, it demonstrates how ethnic detoxing solidified Communist rule within the brief time period whereas reshaping and "nationalizing" that rule. The Poles of Poznan performed an important position within the postwar nationwide revolution during which Poland was once ethnically cleansed via a joint attempt of the folk and nation. A ensuing nationwide cohesion supplied the Communist-dominated regime with an underlying balance, whereas it remodeled what have been a militantly internationalist Polish Communism. This publication addresses the legacy of Polish-German clash that ended in ethnic detoxification in East significant Europe, the ramifications in the context of Polish Stalinism's social and cultural revolutions, and the next anti-national counterrevolutionary attempt to damage the bonds of nationwide team spirit. ultimately, it examines how the Poznan milieu undermined after which reversed Stalinist efforts at socioeconomic and cultural revolution. within the aftermath of the Poznan insurrection of June 1956, the regime's management re-embraced hyper-nationalist politics and activists, and through 1960 Polish gurus had succeeded in stabilizing their rule on the fee of turning into an more and more nationwide socialist polity. T. David Curp is assistant professor within the division of heritage at Ohio collage.
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A Clean Sweep?: The Politics of Ethnic Cleansing in Western Poland, 1945-1960 (Rochester Studies in Central Europe) by T. David Curp