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Author Chu, Winson.

Title The German minority in interwar Poland / Winson Chu.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.8310438 CHU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 320 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series Publications of the German Historical Institute
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-310) and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Phantom Germans: Weimar revisionism and Poland (1918-1933) -- 2. Residual citizens: German minority politics in Western Poland (1918-1933) -- 3. On the margins of the minority: Germans in Łódź (1900-1933) -- 4. Negotiating Volksgemeinschaft: national socialism and regionalization (1933-1937) -- 5. Revenge of the periphery: German empowerment in Central Poland (1933-1939) -- 6. Lodzers into Germans? (1939-2000) -- Conclusion.
Summary "The German Minority in Interwar Poland analyzes what happened when Germans from three different empires - the Russian, Habsburg, and German - were forced to live together in one, new state. After the First World War, German national activists made regional distinctions among these Germans and German-speakers in Poland, with preference initially for those who had once lived in the German Empire. Rather than becoming more cohesive over time, Poland's ethnic Germans remained divided and did not unite within a single representative organization. Polish repressive policies and unequal subsidies from the German state exacerbated these differences, while National Socialism created new hierarchies and unleashed bitter intra-ethnic conflict among German minority leaders. Winson Chu challenges prevailing interpretations that German nationalism in the twentieth century viewed "Germans" as a homogeneous, single group of people. His revealing study shows that nationalist agitation could divide as well as unite an embattled ethnicity"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Germans -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Poland -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1918-1945.
Poland -- Foreign relations -- Germany.
Germany -- Foreign relations -- Poland.
ISBN 9781107008304
Standard Number 99949754710