History of Poland (1945–1989)

History Of Poland (1945–1989)

History of Poland (1945–1989)

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The history of Poland from 1945 to 1989 spans the period of Soviet Communist dominance imposed after the end of World War II over the People's Republic of Poland. These years, while featuring many improvements in the standards of living in Poland, were marred by social unrest and economic depression.

Near the end of World War II, the advancing Soviet Red Army pushed out the Nazi German forces from occupied Poland. At the insistence of Joseph Stalin, the Yalta Conference sanctioned the formation of a new Polish provisional and pro-Communist coalition government in Moscow, which ignored the Polish government-in-exile based in London. This has been described as a Western betrayal of Poland by the Allied Powers to appease the Soviet leader,Arthur Bliss Lane, I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1948. ISBN 1-125-47550-1 and avoid a direct conflict. The Potsdam Agreement of 1945 completed the westerly shift of Polish borders and approved its new territory between the Oder-Neisse and Curzon lines. Poland for the first time in history became an ethnically homogeneous nation state as a result of the Holocaust, the expulsion of Germans in the west, resettlement of Ukrainians in the east and the repatriation of Poles from Kresy. The new communist government in Warsaw increased its political power and over the next two years the Communist Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR) under......
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