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Kwestie historyczne w polskiej polityce zagranicznej
Historical Issues in Polish Foreign Policy

Author(s): Mateusz Gniazdowski
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Prussian Claims Society; Centre Against Expulsions in Berlin; World War II; Constitutional Treaty; Gdańsk Declaration; Gerhard Schröder; Warsaw Uprising; Polish-German relations; Adam D. Rotfeld; Polish historical antecedents in relations with Russia

Summary/Abstract: Changes in the attitude towards history that occurred in Germany and Russia provided a strong impetus for the Polish discussion concerning the use of “arguments underpinned by history in politics.” The accession to the European Union gave rise to an expectation in Poland that historical issues in relations with Germany would be closed once and for all. The Poles would also like the EU to recognize and respect the experiences that Central European countries had had with Communist totalitarianism and Russian imperial tradition, both of which were significant for the identity of Central European nations. Therefore, the deliberations concerning the place of historical issues in Polish foreign policy in 2005 necessitate a presentation of the role they played in Poland’s relations with Germany and Russia in recent years. The historical burden in relations with the other neighbours was much smaller and, in the case of Ukraine, considerable progress in the process of overcoming problems from the past has been observed. Among others on: Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the World War II in Europe, the Action Against “Polish camps” The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Establishing the “Memory and Solidarity” European Network, The opening of the Lviv Eaglets’ Cemetery, The celebrations of the 25th anniversary of “Solidarity”, Discussions on the Role of History in Foreign Policy, History in the Foreign Policy of Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz’s Government.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 234-257
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish