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About the Curzon line and other lines Unknown Binding – 1944

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Free Europe (1944)
  • ASIN: B001VKDDT8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on September 18, 2008
Format: Pamphlet
This brief but informative pamphlet harks back to WWII, when the western powers decided to betray their faithful ally and to give away Poland's eastern half to the Soviet Union. By way of introduction, the reader should know that Lord Curzon was a Polonophobe.

During the earlier 1920 Polish-Bolshevik war, a line of armistice was proposed by the British. That's all it was--a line of armistice--nothing more. Smogorzewski provides a map showing the slightly different versions of this line. Unexpectedly, the Poles won big, and acquired part of the territory, east of the Curzon line, that had been part of Poland for centuries, and which contained a sizeable Polish minority.

Oddly enough, the Curzon line grew in the British imagination in the two decades between the world wars. This purely armistice line became, in the British imagination, endowed with the property of being some sort of natural line of demarcation between what is rightfully Polish and what is rightfully Soviet. The post-WWI Polish-Soviet border specified by the Treaty of Riga correspondingly became, in the British imagination, one that was unjust to the USSR.

British thinking was clearly imperialist: Positing that Russia already had given up part of her empire by losing the Warsaw-area to the newly-resurrected Polish state, and that losing any more formerly-Polish territory would do her injustice. This, of course, implied that the Russian share of Partitioned Poland was the default just and natural state of affairs!

This odd anti-Polish thinking brought fruit at Teheran in 1943. The British accepted Soviet demands for eastern Poland, which the Soviets had gotten during the German-Soviet conquest of Poland at the beginning of WWII (1939). The Curzon line thus became Poland's postwar eastern boundary, as it continues to this day.
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