Recovering' Territories: the use of history in the integration of the new Polish western borderland after World War II

Marta Grzechnik


This article analyses the historical narrative about the territories annexed by Poland from Germany at the end of World War II. The so-called ‘Recovered Territories’ were reinterpreted as ‘ancient Slavonic lands’, which had been unlawfully seized by Germans and only now restored to their rightful owners. The aim was to establish authority over the acquired territories, integrate them with the rest of Poland and build a sense of identity with them. At the same time, scholarship entered into a complex relation with the new communist regime, joined by the common interest of establishing the new Polish–German border.
Author Marta Grzechnik (FL/ISS)
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- Institute of Scandinavian Studies
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Journal seriesEurope-Asia Studies, ISSN 0966-8136, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets1.20
ASJC Classification2002 Economics and Econometrics; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 1202 History; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.983; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.842 (2) - 2017=1.053 (5)
Citation count*3 (2020-07-07)
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