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Great Powers and Poland


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Part I: The Great Powers and Poland between the Two World Wars (1919-1939) Chapter 1: The Polish Question during World War I Chapter 2: The Versailles Peace Conference, January 18-June 28, 1919 Chapter 3: The Polish-Bolshevik War and the Curzon Line Chapter 4: Poland's Eastern, Northern, and Southern Boundaries: A Profile of the Reborn State Chapter 5: German-Soviet Secret Understanding, 1919-1932 Chapter 6: Poland in the Foreign Policy of France, 1921-1932 Chapter 7: Two-Faced Eastern Neighbor, 1921-1932 Chapter 8: The Crucial Year, 1933 Chapter 9: The Polish-German Declaration of Nonaggression, January 26, 1934 Chapter 10: Franco-Polish Relations, 1933-1936 Chapter 11: The Era of Appeasement, 1937-1938 Chapter 12: France and Poland after the Remilitarization of the Rhineland Chapter 13: Hitler's Demands on Poland, October 1938-March 1939 Chapter 14: Soviet-Polish Relations, 1934-1938 Chapter 15: The Meaning of the British and French Guarantees, March-April 1939 Chapter 16: Hitler's Decision to Isolate and Crush Poland, April-August 1939 Chapter 17: Nazi-Polish Relations and the Problem of Russia Chapter 18: Hitler-Beck Diplomacy: A Make-Believe World Chapter 19: Anglo-French-Polish Military and Economic Agreements: Commitments in Bad Faith, 1939 Chapter 20: War and Peace in Soviet Diplomacy, 1939 Chapter 21: The Anglo-Polish Pact of Mutual Assistance: Poland Misled, August 25, 1939 Chapter 22: France, Great Britain, and Russia during the German-Polish Campaign Part II: The Great Powers and Poland during the Second World War (1939-1945) Chapter 23: Poland after Defeat Chapter 24: The Polish-Soviet Pact of July 30, 1941 Chapter 25: The "Four Freedoms" and the Atlantic Charter Chapter 26: Soviet-Polish Relations, July 30, 1941-April 25, 1943 Chapter 27: The British-Soviet Alliance of May 26, 1942: Churchill's Secret Diplomacy Chapter 28: British and American Attitudes toward Poland, 1941-1943 Chapter 29: The Tehran Conference: Roosevelt's Secret Diplomacy, November 28-December 1, 1943 Chapter 30: The Entry of the Red Army into Poland, January 1944 Chapter 31: Churchill's Efforts to Implement the Polish "Formula" Chapter 32: Roosevelt and the Polish Issue on the Eve of the 1944 Presidential Election Campaign Chapter 33: The Warsaw Uprising, August 1-October 2, 1944 Chapter 34: The Poles Entrapped in the Homeland and Abroad, August-October 1944 Chapter 35: The Aftermath of the October Conference in Moscow Chapter 36: Prologue to the Yalta Conference Chapter 37: The Yalta Conference, February 4-11, 1945 Chapter 38: The Meaning of the Yalta Agreement: Diplomacy and Semantics Epilogue Bibliography

About the Author

Jan Karski (1914-2000) was a young diplomat when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. Taken prisoner by the Soviet Red Army, Karski escaped and joined the Polish underground. He infiltrated both the Warsaw Ghetto and a German concentration camp and then carried the first eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust to a mostly disbelieving West. After World War II, Karski earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where he served as a distinguished professor in the School of Foreign Service for forty years.


Originally published in 1985 by University Press of America, Karski's second book provides a comprehensive examination of the role played by Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States and Soviet Union in shaping the fate of Poland after the country regained its sovereignty in 1918. The book focuses on the shifting policies of 'the Great Powers' toward Poland from the Treaty of Versailles to Yalta, and ends with Poland's brutal subjection to communist rule in the aftermath of World War II. Karski's research and his in-depth analysis are richly supplemented with archival material and interesting anecdotes. The Great Powers and Poland offers readers a new understanding of Poland's predicament - a fate resting largely in the hands of negligent allies and rapacious neighbors - and its place on the world's political map of the twentieth century. * Jan Karski Educational Foundation *
Jan Karski was the wartime emissary of the Polish underground which first reported to President Roosevelt on the [Nazi] massacre of the Jews in [occupied] Poland. . . . His book, produced after many years of research, is a truly remarkable work. It not only provides the first comprehensive diplomatic history of Poland and the Great Powers, but it is well written, enriched by informative anecdotes and new material from recently opened archives. -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Compelling, readable, and very moving!" * Foreign Affairs *
The thirtieth-anniversary edition of Jan Karski's masterful work is a welcome resource for scholars and general readers alike. Karski's clear prose reads as convincingly today as it did when first published in 1985. The sum of his insights, The Great Powers and Poland is a classic read for students of the two great wars, the Cold War that followed, and the Polish revolution that cracked open the Iron Curtain. This moving history is filled with a sense of Poland's century-long struggle to be free and self-determining-an event Karski lived to see with the end of the Communist occupation. The Great Powers continues to enlighten because it is told in the voice of one who lived through many of the events it retells. -- Dennis P. McManus, Georgetown University
Jan Karski's long-overlooked second book follows the social trials and political tribulations of Poland from its resurrection as a sovereign state after World War I to its tragic destruction during World War II to its brutal subjection to communist rule in the aftermath of the war. The Great Powers and Poland offers readers a new understanding of Poland's predicament in the twentieth century-a fate resting largely in the hands of negligent allies and rapacious neighbors. For the many readers fascinated by Karski's wartime memoir, Story of a Secret State, this book offers the context, presenting serious scholarship that is at once accessible, compelling, and heartbreaking. -- Wanda Urbanska, "Highly recommended."

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