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Curzon Line
The history of the Curzon
Curzon
Line, with minor variations, goes back to the period following World War I. It was drawn for the first time by the Supreme War Council
Supreme War Council
as the demarcation line between the newly emerging states, the Second Polish Republic, and the Soviet Union. The proposal was put forward by British Foreign Secretary George Curzon,[1] to serve as a diplomatic basis for the future border agreement, and in that form, it never materialized because the war went on.[2] The line became a major geopolitical factor during World War II, when Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
invaded eastern Poland
Poland
and split its territory along the Curzon
Curzon
Line with Adolf Hitler
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Curzon
Curzon may refer to:Contents1 People 2 Places 3 Ships 4 OtherPeople[edit] As a British family name, it particularly refers to the Curzon family, and is an Anglo-Norman territorial name. The Curzon family was involved in the Norman Conquest, and is named after the French town of Notre-Dame-de-Courson in Normandy[citation needed] from which they hail; their seat is at Kedleston Hall
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Potsdam Conference
The Potsdam
Potsdam
Conference (German: Potsdamer Konferenz) was held at Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm, in Potsdam, occupied Germany, from 17 July to 2 August 1945. (In some older documents it is also referred to as the Berlin
Berlin
Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the USSR, USA and UK.[2][3]) The participants were the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, represented by Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, Prime Ministers Winston Churchill[4] and, later, Clement Attlee,[5] and President Harry S
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Treaty Of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles
Versailles
(French: Traité de Versailles) was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I
World War I
to an end. The Treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919 in Versailles, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which directly lead to World War I. The other Central Powers
Central Powers
on the German side of World War I
World War I
signed separate treaties.[8] Although the armistice, signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of Allied negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty
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Treaty Of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919)
The Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was signed on 10 September 1919 by the victorious Allies of World War I
Allies of World War I
on the one hand and by the Republic of German- Austria
Austria
on the other
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Suwałki Agreement
Suwałki
Suwałki
[suˈvau̯kʲi] ( listen) (Lithuanian: Suvalkai, Yiddish: סואוואַלק‎ Suvalk, German: Suwalken) is a city in northeastern Poland
Poland
with 69,210 inhabitants (2011). It is the capital of Suwałki County
Suwałki County
and one of the most important centers of commerce in the Podlaskie Voivodeship.[1] Suwałki
Suwałki
is the largest city and the capital of the historical Suwałki
Suwałki
Region. Until 1999 it was the capital of Suwałki
Suwałki
Voivodeship. Suwałki
Suwałki
is located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the southwestern Lithuanian border and gives its name to the Polish protected area known as Suwałki Landscape Park
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Peace Of Riga
The Peace of Riga, also known as the Treaty of Riga
Riga
(Polish: Traktat Ryski), was signed in Riga
Riga
on 18 March 1921, between Poland, Soviet Russia (acting also on behalf of Soviet Belarus) and Soviet Ukraine. The treaty ended the Polish–Soviet War.[2] The Soviet-Polish borders established by the treaty remained in force until the Second World War. They were later redrawn during the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference.Contents1 Background 2 Negotiations 3 Terms 4 Treaty aftermath 5 Further consequences 6 See also 7 Notes 8 ReferencesBackground[edit] Further information: Polish–Soviet War World War I
World War I
removed former imperial borders across Europe
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Silesian Uprisings
The Silesian Uprisings
Silesian Uprisings
(German: Aufstände in Oberschlesien; Polish: Powstania śląskie) were a series of three armed uprisings of the Poles
Poles
and Polish Silesians
Silesians
of Upper Silesia, from 1919 to 1921, against German rule; the resistance hoped to break away from Germany in order to join the Second Polish Republic, which had been established in the wake of World War I
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Polish Corridor
The Polish Corridor (German: Polnischer Korridor; Polish: Pomorze, Korytarz polski), also known as Danzig Corridor, Corridor to the Sea or Gdańsk Corridor, was a territory located in the region of Pomerelia (Pomeranian Voivodeship, eastern Pomerania, formerly part of West Prussia), which provided the Second Republic of Poland (1920–1939) with access to the Baltic Sea, thus dividing the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia. The Free City of Danzig (now the Polish city of Gdańsk) was separate from both Poland and Germany
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Polish Areas Annexed By Nazi Germany
Following the Invasion of Poland
Invasion of Poland
at the beginning of World War II, nearly a quarter of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic was annexed by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and placed directly under the German civil administration. The rest of Nazi occupied Poland
Poland
was renamed as the General Government
General Government
district.[1] The annexation was part of the "fourth" partition of Poland
Poland
by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and the Soviet Union, outlined months before the invasion, in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.[2] Some smaller territories were incorporated directly into the existing Gaue East Prussia
East Prussia
and Silesia, while the bulk of the land was used to create new Reichsgaue
Reichsgaue
Danzig-West Prussia
Danzig-West Prussia
and Wartheland
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Territories Of Poland Annexed By The Soviet Union
17 days after the German invasion of Poland in 1939, which marked the beginning of World War II, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
invaded the eastern regions of the Second Polish Republic, which Poland re-established during the Polish–Soviet War
Polish–Soviet War
and referred to as the "Kresy", and annexed territories totaling 201,015 square kilometres (77,612 sq mi) with a population of 13,299,000 inhabitants including Lithuanians,Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, Czechs and others. Most of these territories remained within the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in 1945 as a consequence of European-wide territorial rearrangements configured during the Tehran Conference
Tehran Conference
of 1943
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Treaty Of Zgorzelec
Zgorzelec
Zgorzelec
[zɡɔˈʐɛlɛt͡s] ( listen) (German: Görlitz, Upper Sorbian: Zhorjelc, Czech: Zhořelec) is a town in south-western Poland
Poland
with 32,322 inhabitants (2012). It lies in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Jelenia Góra Voivodeship). It is the seat of Zgorzelec
Zgorzelec
County, and also of the smaller district of Gmina
Gmina
Zgorzelec
Zgorzelec
(although it is not part of the territory of the latter, as the town is an urban gmina in its own right)
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Poland
Coordinates: 52°N 20°E / 52°N 20°E / 52; 20 Republic
Republic
of Poland Rzeczpospolita
Rzeczpospolita
Polska  (Polish)FlagCoat of armsAnthem: "Mazurek Dąbro
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1951 Polish–Soviet Territorial Exchange
The 1951 Polish–Soviet territorial exchange
1951 Polish–Soviet territorial exchange
or Polish-Soviet border adjustment treaty of 1951 was a border adjustment signed in Moscow between the People's Republic of Poland
People's Republic of Poland
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
regarding roughly 480 km2 (185 sq mi) of land, along their mutual border
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Treaty Of Warsaw (1970)
The Treaty of Warsaw (German: Warschauer Vertrag, Polish: Układ PRL-RFN) was a treaty between West Germany
West Germany
and the People's Republic of Poland. It was signed by Chancellor Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt
and Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz
Józef Cyrankiewicz
at the Presidential Palace on 7 December 1970, and it was ratified by the German Bundestag
Bundestag
on 17 May 1972. In the treaty, both sides committed themselves to nonviolence and accepted the existing border—the Oder-Neisse line, imposed on Germany
Germany
by the Allied powers at the 1945 Potsdam Conference
Potsdam Conference
following the end of World War II. This had been a quite sensitive topic since then, as Poland
Poland
was concerned that a German government might seek to reclaim some of the former eastern territories
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Treaty On The Final Settlement With Respect To Germany
The Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany
Germany
(German: Vertrag über die abschließende Regelung in Bezug auf Deutschland), or the Two Plus Four Agreement (German: Zwei-plus-Vier-Vertrag; short: German Treaty), was negotiated in 1990 between the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
and the German Democratic Republic (the eponymous Two), and the Four Powers which occupied Germany
Germany
at the end of World War II
World War II
in Europe: the French Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States
United States
of America
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