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UprootedHow Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions$
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Gregor Thum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691140247

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691140247.001.0001

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Moving People

Moving People

(p.53) Chapter Two Moving People

Gregor Thum

, Tom Lampert, Allison Brown, W. Martin, Jasper Tilbury
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how the remapping of Central Europe after the Second World War was radical not so much in terms of changes in national borders, as in the broadscale shifting of settlement boundaries. The borders had already been altered after the First World War and new countries created upon the ruins of the fallen Central and Eastern European empires. Prolonged mass migrations also ensued at that time. Many people did not want to live in the countries they found themselves in after the political map was redrawn, or they fled growing discrimination against ethnic minorities. After the Second World War, the Allied powers abandoned the principles to which they committed themselves in 1918. They wanted the territory between Germany and the Soviet Union to be made up of homogeneous nation-states that were no longer burdened by the existence of ethnic minorities.

Keywords:   political map, Central Europe, Second World War, settlement boundaries, Eastern Europe, mass migrations, ethnic minorities, discrimination, Allied powers

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