Poland, America and the early origins of the Cold War

Salisbury, Christopher Graham (1998). Poland, America and the early origins of the Cold War Other, Department of History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Salisbury, Christopher Graham
Thesis Title Poland, America and the early origins of the Cold War
School, Centre or Institute Department of History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1998-11
Thesis type Other
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Supervisor Dr Joseph Siracusa
Total pages 99
Language eng
Subjects 210312 North American History
210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Abstract/Summary The theatre of eastern Europe represented a particularly thorny diplomatic patch in wartime relations between the ‘Big Three’ of the Grand Alliance. Within this theatre, no individual difficulty stood out with more potential for inter-Alliance dispute than Poland, ironically the initial scene of conflict at the commencement of the Second World War. From the war’s earliest days, the ‘Polish problem’ assumed a menacing significance in inter-Alliance relations. The Soviet shared partition of Poland contravened the territorial principles of the exalted Atlantic Charter, to which all three Great Powers would later become signatories. Being tied in Alliance to the Soviet Union, the Western powers then found themselves compromised into placing more store in their Allied allegiances than in any idealistic protection of Poland’s political or territorial integrity. Such paradoxes, witnessed on all sides of the Alliance, would become a common feature of the Polish issue; so much so that before the war’s end, each of the Allied leaders conceded that Poland had brought the Alliance to an impasse. The realities of the Polish problem - that as the war concluded the Soviets held a position of military/political strength in eastern Europe, and that America particularly had too often compromised itself in its prior ambivalence toward or tacit approval of Soviet aims - meant that the Western powers had to accept whichever meagre concessions it could possibly hope for from its Soviet partner. The West was never going to war with the Soviet Union over Poland, but America certainly allowed the Polish issue to draw it towards a Cold War.
Keyword Polish Question
US - foreign policy
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Cold War
Additional Notes A Thesis presented as partial requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History), The University of Queensland

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Created: Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 11:37:33 EST by Dr Chris Salisbury on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies