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Polish Irredentism by rubberduck3y6 Polish Irredentism by rubberduck3y6
Propaganda poster by a Polish far right group showing the 'stolen lands' they claim Poland should've received in the World War I peace treaties.
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Ktosydan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
So much in White Ruthenia and so little in Ukraine?
I don't know whether to by disappoint or proud.
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I think some also wanted Madagascar, Mozambique, and come part of Brazil as colonies.
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I did a report on this back in University. This was actually Pilsudki's plan during the 1919 War. Didn't really work out. The Poland of today is really odd because it's one of the MOST homogenous countries in Europe, when in the past it had always been a collection of many different poeples.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Pilsudski actually supported the Intermarum (Międzymorze) idea of a Polish-led federation stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

The reason I chose Poland was because of the various border wars they fought after WW1 to expand their territory.

We've got Stalin to thank for modern day Poland's homogeneity. At the end of WW2, Poland was shifted westwards and there were a lot of 'population transfers'.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Poland shown on the map (the darker area) is a lot more homogeneous than interwar Poland actually was, as like you say there were large Belarussian and Ukrainian minorities and smaller Lithuanian and German minorities.

The claimed areas on the map which actually have a Polish majority are Upper Silesia, southern East Prussia and parts of the Vilnius region and western Galicia.
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Yes I see that, the shape isn't quite OTL 1939.
btw.. I was born about in the middle of the S in Polska. So this isn't just an academic excercise for me.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might be Galician then on this map (Kraków's in eastern Galicia, near the Polish border).
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I was born in Poniatowa, quite a ways from Krakow.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Overlaying the map on Google Earth shows that you would still be Polish ITTL.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...and that the eastern border of Poland on this map is actually fairly similar to modern Poland's eastern border!
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