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Poland's Place in Europe: General Sikorski and the Origin of the Oder-Neisse Line, 1939-1943
Poland's Place in Europe: General Sikorski and the Origin of the Oder-Neisse Line, 1939-1943
By Sarah Meiklejohn Terry
Princeton University Press, 1983, 394 pp
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Careful research in a field already mined with political and academic disputes leads Sarah Terry to some rather novel but well supported conclusions on Sikorski's wartime policies aimed at the recreation of an independent and viable Poland after the war. She shows how, in dealing with boundary problems (the Oder-Neisse line was one of Sikorski's desiderata, not a Communist invention), in relations with Russia, and in plans for federation with neighbors in Central Europe, he had a comprehensive set of aims directed to the dilemmas of Poland's geographic position. His effort failed, but could any alternative have succeeded?