Political Migrations in Poland in the Period of World War II


Piotr Eberhardt
Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland

Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL058000

Before presenting the migrations of populations that took place in the territory of Poland during the years of World War II and during the immediate post-war period, the author analysed the changes of political boundaries that occurred in the territory of Poland between 1939 and 1945. After the statistical and substantive analyses of the forced population migrations, the author presents the detailed demographic balance of Poland between 1939 and 1946, and then again in 1950. The scale of changes that took place is illustrated well by the fact that the population of the Polish state decreased by 11.5 million during these years. This was the result of the changes in boundaries and due to war losses, but it was also the result of the enormous movements of the population. The latter had a selective nature in terms of national structure. This brought about quite essential consequences. Poland changed from a genuinely multi-ethnic country to one of the most homogeneous and mono-ethnic countries of Europe.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1. Introduction

Part 2. Political and Administrative Changes in the Occupied Territory of Poland between 1939 and 1945

Part 3.Political Migrations in Polish Lands in the Years 1939-1950

Part 4. The Influence of the Population Movements on the Development of the Population Size of Post-War Poland and the Transformation of its Ethnic Structure


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