March 26th, Free City Sourcebook. In Germany, foreign policy shifted slowly from resentment and anger over the punitive treaty to a drive for the reacquisition of its former territory. For Poland, controlling trade along the Vistula and out of the Danzig port was of as much importance as was retaining the Polish Corridor, which the Poles considered rightfully theirs.
The Free City become a main trade hub under Polish influence. It also explores how this area was important strategically as well as symbolically to the new Polish nation-state. However, the Free City was experienced differently for different groups.
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Forced to choice between their homes and their national identities, Germans viewed this area as a borderland. Who were they? Danzig was a borderland for the German nationalists who wished to reclaim it for Germany, a Hansestadt created by the hopeful Paris Peace Conference politicians and a failed social democracy, as it never achieved the reality of true separation from either Germany or Poland. The Free City was not only an addition to the map, but also an experience that resounded with its inhabitants. Germans were forced to choose whether to give up their German identity or to leave the city for German territory.
The article can be read online here. Readers of this narrative bibliography may have noticed by now that a fair number of the images accompanying this text come from the same source. I strongly encourage the intrepid Free City scholar to check out the Free City Sourcebook , an online collection of primary sources on the Free City of Danzig. This collection ranges from photographs, maps and newspaper clippings as one can see a sampling of on this page to government documents, videos, pamphlets, tourist brochures and more.
This source is invaluable in bringing such a vast and vibrant collection of primary documents together and making them accessible to everyone over the internet. In the end, what was the Free City of Danzig? Was it a sphere of influence caught between one neighbor that wished to see it returned and another that had great economic and symbolic reasons to retain it? Was it a political identity ascribed to its inhabitants, individuals forced to make a decision in regards to their nationality?
In truth, it was all of these things. It was a compromise between delegates at the Paris Peace Conference; it was a borderland between Germany and Poland; and it was a framework within which many average eastern Europeans lived in the years following the First World War. Image at bottom of page: Danzig gulden bill, issue.
Avalon Project. Ciechanowski, Jean. Clark, Elizabeth Morrow. Fischer, Conan and Alan Sharp. London: Routledge, Hagen, Joshua. Kimmich, Alexander. New Haven: Yale University Press, Mason, John Brown. Stanford: Stanford University Press, It covers issues such as: How did the Allied occupiers conduct themselves and how did the Germans respond? Were reparations really affordable and how did the reparations regime affect ordinary Germans?
What lessons did post-WW2 policymakers learn from this earlier reparations settlement The fraught debates over disarmament as German big business struggled to adjust to the sudden disappearance of arms contracts and efforts were made on the international stage to achieve a measure of global disarmament. The price exacted by the redrawing of frontiers on Germany's eastern and western margins, as well as the gentler impact of the peace settlement on identity in French Flanders. This book was previously published as a special issue of Diplomacy and Statecraft.
The Enforcement of the Treaty of Versailles, 2.
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French Policy in the Rhineland 5. The Reparations Debate 6. Notes "The papers in this volume were delivered in September at a colloquium in Glasgow devoted to the aftermath of the Paris Peace Conference. Other Form Print version After the Versailles Treaty : enforcement, compliance, contested identities. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
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