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Between Nazis and Soviets : Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947

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Between 1939 and 1947 the county of Janow Lubelski, an agricultural area in central Poland, experienced successive occupations by Nazi Germany (1939-44) and the Soviet Union (1944-47). During each period the population, including the Polish majority and the Jewish, Ukrainian, and German minorities, reacted with a combination of accommodation, collaboration, and resistance. In this remarkably detailed and revealing study, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz analyzes and describes the responses of the inhabitants of occupied Janow to the policies of the ruling powers. Casting new light on social dynamics within occupied Poland during and after World War II, Between Nazis and Soviets yields valuable insight for scholars of conflict studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 44mm | 898.13g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • maps
  • 0739104845
  • 9780739104842
  • 2,147,759

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Recommended. CHOICE Research on occupation policies during the Second World War era falls into three main subcategories. The most fully examined era concentrates on German wartime aggression and attempts to explain the impact of Nazi ethnic, racial, and resettlement policieson the indigenous (captured) populations of Eastern Europe. Another thoroughly mined genre tackles occupation from the viewpoint of the occupied, by focusing on the heroism of the resistance and the misdeeds of the collaborators. The postwar era comprises yet another subgroup, and helps explain how victorious Allies rebuilt the institutions of the vanquished nations. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's volume, Between Nazi's and Soviets, transcends these categories by attempting to treat the Nazi and Soviet administrations of Poland as different manifestations of a single occupation experience. This novel approach not only sheds new light on an important period in Polish history, it also leads scholars to consider more generalized conclusions about the natureof occupation as a distinct historical phenomenon. The result is an intriguing look at the entirety of Poland's seven years as an occupied nation, one that informs us as much about the tactics and motivations of the occupied as about the goals and strate -- Richard A. Lieby, Rosemont College H-German Holocaust education in western societies has favored the minimizing of the Polish agony during WWII, and has spawned a large body of misconceptions regarding Polish-Jewish relationships during this tragic time. This profusely-documented work goes a long way towards clarifying these issues. -- Jan Peczkis Research on occupation policies during the Second World War era falls into three main subcategories. The most fully examined era concentrates on German wartime aggression and attempts to explain the impact of Nazi ethnic, racial, and resettlement policies on the indigenous (captured) populations of Eastern Europe. Another thoroughly mined genre tackles occupation from the viewpoint of the occupied, by focusing on the heroism of the resistance and the misdeeds of the collaborators. The postwar era comprises yet another subgroup, and helps explain how victorious Allies rebuilt the institutions of the vanquished nations. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's volume, Between Nazi's and Soviets, transcends these categories by attempting to treat the Nazi and Soviet administrations of Poland as different manifestations of a single occupation experience. This novel approach not only sheds new light on an important period in Polish history, it also leads scholars to consider more generalized conclusions about the nature of occupation as a distinct historical phenomenon. The result is an intriguing look at the entirety of Poland's seven years as an occupied nation, one that informs us as much about the tactics and motivations of the occupied as about the goals and strategies of the occupiers... Chodakiewicz's exhaustive research in the primary and secondary source is admirable. If for no other reason, this book would be a valuable contribution to scholarship simply by bringing the vast amount of information available in Polish to an English-reading audience. Over 100 pages of notes join 160 pages of maps and statistical appendices. This book is an undeniably valuable glimpse into the local manifestations of occupation in Poland. -- Richard A. Lieby, Rosemont College H-Germanshow more

About Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is research professor of history at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. From 2001 to 2003, he was assistant professor of history, Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 On the Eve, 1914-39 Chapter 3 The Local Elite and the German Authorities, 1939-44 Chapter 4 The Polish Majority under Nazi Rule, 1939-44 Chapter 5 Ethnic Minorities under Nazi Rule, 1939-44 Chapter 6 The Independentists and their Enemies, 1939-47 Chapter 7 The Local Elite under Soviet Occupation, 1944-47 Chapter 8 The Polish Majority under Soviet Occupation, 1944-47 Chapter 9 Ethnic Minorities under Soviet Occupation, 1944-47 Chapter 10 Accomodation and Resistance Chapter 11 Maps Chapter 12 Tablesshow more

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