Poland 1939-1947

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Poland 1939-1947

By John Coutouvidis and Jaime Reynolds
Holmes & Meier, 1986
393 pp. $59.50
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Two young scholars have combined forces, and yoked together their doctoral theses, to produce an account of how Poland's geopolitical fate was determined in the 1940s. Although parts of the subject have been more extensively explored by others, it is the best overall treatment of these events in English. The story of the internal political struggles, based largely on Polish historical publications discriminatingly used, illustrates many aspects little known in the West. Questions remain concerning the Soviet role, and particularly the strategy and decisions of Stalin himself-questions that may never be answered.

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