The United States and Poland

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Harvard University Press, 1980 - 465 Seiten

The United States and Poland adds a new dimension to the scholarship of America's international relations. Piotr Wandycz presents a comprehensive picture of the changing relationships between the United States and Poland over two hundred years.

This work is, as Wandycz writes, both a survey and a synthesis. Because he believes that an understanding of the history of Poland is necessary in order to appreciate the complex nature of its involvement with the United States, he provides a thorough analysis of Poland's internal development, concentrating on the twentieth century. He also carefully places American-Polish history in the broader context of changing East-West relations. Finally, he speculates on the future between the two countries as detente unfolds and surprising happenings like the election of a Polish Pope occur.

Ultimately, Wandycz acknowledges, the American-Polish relationship has been one-sided, even more so than is normal in contacts between great and small powers. "One must not imagine," he writes, "that Poland has been on the minds of American foreign policy makers consistently...but if one thinks of Poland in the context of East Central Europe, her significance increases dramatically." This book provides a necessary history and evaluation of a nation state once dominant in Europe and now searching for an appropriate role.

 

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Partitions of Poland and the Rise of the United States
1
The Polish Question in the Nineteenth Century
58
The American Civil War and the Insurrection
70
Toward the First World
94
Wilson and the Rebirth of Poland
104
From Peace to War
170
Toward the Second World
221
Roosevelt and Poland in the Second World War
236
In the Shadow of Stalinism and the Cold War
307
Detente and Its Limits
359
Reflections
414
Diplomatic Representatives
425
Suggested Reading
433
Index
445
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