By Sheldon Anderson
In a chilly warfare within the Soviet Bloc, Sheldon Anderson makes use of lately declassified files from Polish and East German communist social gathering and overseas ministry records to envision the interaction of nationwide pursuits with the exigencies of communist celebration relatives in the Soviet bloc throughout the chilly battle. Anderson explores how Polish-East German relatives have been strained over the permanence of the Oder-Neisse border, the right kind street to socialism, German repatriation from Poland, and alternate coverage; he presents an within account of the heated debates that heavily divided the Polish and East German communists.Anderson delves into how and why the rift culminated within the go back of the anti-Stalinist Wladyslaw Gomulka in October 1956, and he delineates how the Polish-East German clash undermined the harmony of the Soviet bloc on its so much strategic flank. In doing so, he unearths the endurance of nationalism and ethnic prejudice within the former communist nations. during this well timed textual content, Anderson pinpoints how nationalism has reemerged as a robust political strength following the tip of the chilly conflict. With a chilly warfare within the Soviet Bloc, Anderson markedly fills the distance within the latest scholarship on postwar relatives among the nations of East Europe.
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73 He defended Bto% national road to commrmism, and reected the notion that the Yugosla~rleader was a threat to Soviet leadership of the international communist movement. 74 That was enough for Stalh; in the fall, the Muscovites denounced Gornu2ka and his faction. In contrast to the purges in the Bulgarian, Hungarian, :Romanian, and Czechosiovak parties, however, the Polish communists did not execute their okvn.. Connugka, was arrested but never brought to trial. A few years later, Bicmt told Khmshchev, 'To tell yoll the truth, 1 myself d d t h a w what the charges are and why he" in j jai3,"E Bierut replaced Gomulka as party secretary, and Cyranftiewicz took over leadership of the PPS from Edvard OsBbka-Morawski, in part because Osribka-Morwski was opposed to the unification of the two parties.
22. ty (New York: Frederjck Praeger, 1965), p, 34. Ulbricht became a member of the KPD Politburo in 1929, and tvas the party" representative to the Communist International in Moscc>w in the late 1920s, and again during World War 11, Ufbricht had the reputation of being a humorXess, efficienl; and dogmatic apparatchik, acquiring the derogatory moniker "Comrade Cell" ktr his work in party organization. h r i n g his years in the Soviet Union, Ulbricht developed closer ties to the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CzCP) and its chief, Klement Gottwald, than to the PctXish communists.
H. Beck, 3979), p. 58. vernrnents were in reality rather ten= after the war, especially in April 1946 when the Czechoslovak govemmnt claim& small barder areas in Polish Silesia, The Pofish govei-nment responded by sending troops to the area, and the Czechclslovak govemmnt relented. mnFrontier After. World War 11 (Poznah: t"dy8amictwo Poznafiskie, 1972), p. 91. 36. See C b s lizlldcl's reports on the Nuremberg trials in Spternber, 1946. 37. Norman Naimark, Tfze Rzsssia~sin Germatty: R Nisi-ofy of the Suztiet Zorzc of Occzrpation, 1945-1949 (Cambridge: Ffarvard biversity Press, 1995), p.
A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations, 1945-1962 by Sheldon Anderson