By Sheldon Anderson
In a chilly conflict within the Soviet Bloc, Sheldon Anderson makes use of lately declassified records from Polish and East German communist occasion and overseas ministry data to check the interaction of nationwide pursuits with the exigencies of communist social gathering kinfolk in the Soviet bloc throughout the chilly warfare. Anderson explores how Polish-East German kin have been strained over the permanence of the Oder-Neisse border, the proper highway to socialism, German repatriation from Poland, and alternate coverage; he presents an within account of the heated debates that heavily divided the Polish and East German communists.Anderson delves into how and why the rift culminated within the go back of the anti-Stalinist Wladyslaw Gomulka in October 1956, and he delineates how the Polish-East German clash undermined the team spirit of the Soviet bloc on its so much strategic flank. In doing so, he finds the endurance of nationalism and ethnic prejudice within the former communist nations. during this well timed textual content, Anderson pinpoints how nationalism has reemerged as a strong political strength following the tip of the chilly battle. With a chilly struggle within the Soviet Bloc, Anderson markedly fills the space within the current scholarship on postwar relatives among the international locations of East Europe.
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Extra resources for A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962
Glos Ludzl, June 30, 1946, pp. 3-44 8; see atso Strobel, Deutscfrlar~d-Polerz: Wtinsclt ir nd Wirklichkeif,p. 13. 47. Loth, Stnlizzs Mnbeliebfes Kl'lzd, p. 104. Loth argues that the Swiets did not invite the SEU because it was not a communist party; see also Nairnark, The Rus- 28 'Thew A re No Guc~CIGermns'" s i ~ n sin Gertrrmny, p. 305; and Giuliano 13rocacci,ed,, Tke Comirfor~rr:Minutes of the Thrce Conjerences, 1947/1948/1949 (Milan: Giangiacurno Feltrinelli, 1994), p. 3'7; and Erich W Gnifae, JaJzre MiC Lllbridzt (Years with Ulbricht) (Cologne: Verlag Wissenschaft und PoEitik, 1966), p.
23 'There Are No Guc7d Germalzs'" 25 This was heavy historical baggage for the PPR to carry. of the KPP. """ The PPR was also saddled with the task of convincing Poles to accept the loss of Palan& eastern territorks to the Soviet W o n . 'The party had to follow the line that the Nazis, not the Soviets, had massacred. thausands of Polish army officers at the Katyn Forest in 1940, and had to ignore Stalin's failure to aid the n"arsaw Uprising against the Grmans in 1944. "he PPR consciously used nationalist propaganda in its struggle for power in Poland in 1445, and stubbornly dekmded Poland's national.
They accused Nfikcrtajczyk" PPSL of befrielldillg the German occupiers during the war and of supporting neoNazi wderground groups in Poland. In the summer of 1946, the PPR tried to undercut the PSI, by holdiz~ga referendurn on three constitutional reforms, Mikolajczyk encouraged his hllowers to vote "no" on the first proposition to abolish the Senate. 44 Wi~~centy Rzymowski of the Polish Democratic Party (SD)Jhrged Pdes to vote for thc propositions to show domestic unjty for the new "lnistorical Piast borhr" with Germany.
A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962 by Sheldon Anderson