Polish-Soviet Relations, 1932-1939

Polish-Soviet Relations, 1932-1939

Polish-Soviet Relations, 1932-1939

Polish-Soviet Relations, 1932-1939

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The purpose of the present study is to trace the course of Polish-Soviet relations from the conclusion of the nonaggression pact between the two nations in July, 1932, until the fourth partition of Poland in September, 1939, and to assess the nature of that relationship. Poland's dealings with countries other than the Soviet Union have been treated only in so far as they affected her relations with the USSR. References to the domestic policies of either country have been omitted unless they had an immediate bearing upon the subject implied in the title; consequently, no attempt has been made to discuss in any detail the problem of the non-Polish national groups in eastern Poland or the activities of the Communist Party of Poland, but the reader is referred in the footnotes and in the bibliography to the copious literature on these subjects.

The book is based mostly on contemporary sources, including official documents, memoirs, news dispatches, and articles in periodicals of various shades of opinion published in Polish, Russian, and the chief Western European languages. Special attention has been paid to the materials scattered in various Polish émigré publications and to the files of Soviet and Polish newspapers which appeared during the period under investigation. My bibliography is largely selective; it can be supplemented by many articles and pamphlets of lesser significance listed in the Bibliographie zur Aussenpolitik der Republik Polen, 1919-1939, und zum Feldzug in Polen, 1939 (Bibliographische Vierteljahreshefte der Weltkriegsbücherei, Heft 33; 2d ed., Stuttgart, 1943), as well as by numerous items in the Bibliography of Books in Polish or Relating to Poland Published Outside Poland since September 1st, 1939 . . .

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