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The forgotten appeasement of 1920 : Lloyd George, Lenin and Poland

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Pierwsza zdrada Zachodu. English
The forgotten appeasement of 1920 : Lloyd George, Lenin and Poland / Andrzej Nowak ; translated from Polish by Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa, Władysław Chłopicki, Maria Kantor, Marta Kapera, and Piotr Pieńkowski.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023.
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xv, 350 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
In English, translated from the original Polish.
"The Forgotten Appeasement of 1920 examines a turning point in East European history: the summer of 1920, when Lenin's Soviet Russia decided to challenge the Versailles system and launch a military attack on the continent. The outcome of this attack might have been the occupation of all of Poland and East Central Europe, and a Red Army sweep further west. This book probes the British-Soviet negotiations and diplomatic operations behind the scenes. Professor Nowak uses hitherto unexamined documents from Russian and British archives to show how (and why) top British politicians were ready to accept a new Russian imperial control over the whole of Eastern Europe. Nowak unravels this previously untold story of that first and forgotten appeasement, stopped only by the Polish military victory over the Red Army. His excellent historical craftsmanship and new sources contribute to the book's quality, filling up a lacuna in contemporary historiography. This book will appeal to researchers of geopolitical affairs and the Great Powers, the history of Poland, and the political mentality of Western elites. It will also be of interest to university students and tutors, scholars of history and international relations and - thanks to the book's brisk and fascinating narrative - amateur historians and history aficionados"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Nowak, Andrzej, 1960- Forgotten appeasement of 1920 London ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
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November 06, 2023
Routledge histories of Central and Eastern Europe.
Routledge histories of Central and Eastern Europe
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Trouble with Polish independence
Limits to the power (and imagination) of the winners : a view from Versailles
Was Piłsudski a tool in French hands? France and Poland's Eastern policy (January
April 1920)
Powerlessness : Washington respecting the Soviet Empire and the threat to Polish independence
Between Lloyd George's brand of peace and peace
Piłsudski style (January
April 1920)
The game for Ukraine (May 1920)
Toward the Curzon Line (June
July 1920)
The Politburo's response (July 1920)
Peace at any price (to Poland)
Balfour, or shunning chaos
Lewis Namier, or revenge on a map (of Poland)
Kerr and Hankey, the two secretaries
The right man in the wrong place : Horace Rumbold in Warsaw
Lloyd George and his powerless ministers Curzon and Churchill
The Vox Populi and its representatives
The brainstorm and its "appeasement" (June
August 1920)
Left hand side free : Piłsudski's policy of appeasement
Questions about the Peace of Riga.

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