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Expelling the Germans: British Opinion and Post-1945 Population Transfer in Context

Matthew Frank


This book focuses on how Britain perceived the mass movement of German populations from Poland and Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War. Drawing on a wide range of British archival material, it examines why the British came to regard the forcible removal of German populations from Poland and Czechoslovakia as a necessity, and evaluates the British response, both in official circles and in the public domain, to developments in central Europe once mass expulsion became a reality in 1945. Central to this study is the concept of ‘population transfer’: the contemporary idea that awkwar ... More

Keywords: Britain, Poland, Czechoslovakia, expulsion, principle, practice, post-war Europe, population transfer, human suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Frank, author
Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
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