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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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The Flawed Vision of World Peace. Yalta

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Abstract: The author tries to give a reconsideration of the American and British policy toward the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War. The Yalta Agreement was the product of the new appeasement. The idea of concessions towards a totalitarian power brings defeat in victory. It produced Soviet domination on Eastern and Central Europe for fifty years. The Soviet strategy of ‘expansion and coexistence’ appeared successful, as sovietologist Adam B. Ulam termed it. FDR wanted to bring together four powers (USA, UK, USSR and China). This was a great illusion. The Soviet Union pursued a rational policy of force in international relations. Western concessions were always seen at Kremlin as proof of the weakness of its partners and drove the Soviets to seek new advantages.

Keywords: Poland, the Soviet Union, Yalta Conference, Franklin D. Roosevelt, new appeasement

Accepting that the Western powers aimed, first and foremost, to win the war effort with the use of the manpower of the USSR, merits the question as to whether they could have achieved peace on terms that would be more just. The reflections that follow focus solely on this very question. This matter has been thoroughly discussed over more than seventy years since the end of World War II, as Yalta’s historiography has grown to be rather voluminous. Yet a proper assessment of this issue in the history of international peace efforts has suffered from countless myths and simplifications. Thus a critical review is...

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