By Sheldon Anderson
In a chilly conflict within the Soviet Bloc, Sheldon Anderson makes use of lately declassified files from Polish and East German communist social gathering and international ministry information to ascertain the interaction of nationwide pursuits with the exigencies of communist social gathering kinfolk in the Soviet bloc through the chilly conflict. Anderson explores how Polish-East German relatives have been strained over the permanence of the Oder-Neisse border, the right kind highway to socialism, German repatriation from Poland, and exchange coverage; he presents an inside of 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 unearths the endurance of nationalism and ethnic prejudice within the former communist international locations. during this well timed textual content, Anderson pinpoints how nationalism has reemerged as a strong political strength following the top of the chilly struggle. With a chilly struggle within the Soviet Bloc, Anderson markedly fills the space within the current scholarship on postwar kin among the nations of East Europe.
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Extra info for A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962
Z commzrnr'sfsand Gennat~commzhrtr'sfswill be used to characterize the Left in each country, with the exception of where differentiation with the sc9cialists is necessay. 12. 035/459. In 1955, Hermam Axen wrt2te that "&ring the Weimar Republic the German Communist Party always saw its duty to support the struggle of the illegal Polish Communist P a ~ y . " 13, Heinrich Gemkow, "Ce~rwirzsasclmeTraditio11en der rez~nlutio~$ren deutsclzen tjnd polnisclzen Arbeiterbcweguq 1917128 bis 1945" (Common traditions of the revolutionary German and Palish WorkersWoclement 1947148 to 4945), in Beilrige Z Z GcschicF~feder Arbeirierbewcgz-~ng(Contributions t c ~the history of the workersf movement) 16, no, 1 (1"34), pp.
Trybunn Lzddu, January 26,1949, p-4, 95. 24"3p. 3. 96. N O W Drogi, ~ March-April 1949, p. 127. 97. Utbricl-rt speech, October 22, 1949, SED ZK, Wilhelm Pieck Papers, NL, 361441. 98. See Tvbfina Ludzt and Rieues Deztksctzlnnd for the first week of September, 1949. ~tnnrdno lorlger wants to be a soccer k EI tt~afis kicked a r o u f ~ d f i aplace f ~ ~ fo place. Gomrslkn, 19&* The primary obstacle to better relations between the Polish and German communists after World War 11 was the loss sf German territories to Poland.
He tried. to reassure the Poles that the SED had abandoned any hopes of revis@ the Oder-Neisse border: "For us t-he question of the Polish-German border has been definjthely settled.? 85 The Polish Military Mission in Berlh viewed Ubricht's pronouncments as a positive s i w for the direction of the SED" foreign policy a d reported that the SED had made it a top priority to quash its mennklers' ideas about. revisixlg the (Ilder-Neisse bordec But the Polish officers at the mission, mhdful of Stalin" demand.
A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962 by Sheldon Anderson