Polish-French economic relations in the interwar period: new research postulates Cover Image

Polsko-francuskie stosunki gospodarcze w okresie międzywojennym: nowe postulaty badawcze
Polish-French economic relations in the interwar period: new research postulates

Author(s): Anna Ambrochowicz-Gajownik
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Economic history, International relations/trade, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Uniwersytet Warszawski - Katedra Studiów Interkulturowych Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej
Keywords: The Second Republic; the Third Republic; consular service; diplomacy; economy;

Summary/Abstract: Economic relations of the Second Polish Republic with the French Third Republic were derived directly from political relations between these two states. Because of its position in the international arena, France set the terms of trade exchange which the Polish side was supposed to comply with. It stemmed from the economic hardship Poland was experiencing at that specific time. One possible solution was acquiring considerable French funds. The flow of goods in both directions took place, primarily, by sea, and control over the import of French products was exercised by the Polish consulates in France. Despite the increasing circulation of goods, facilitated by the newly-signed treaties and economic agreements, the overall trade balance was negative. The great economic crisis in the thirties intensified in France the use of quota policy elements, which negatively affected the bilateral relations. In these circumstances, Poland began to seek other methods of selling its domestic products, especially, to distant continents – Africa, the Middle and Far East.

  • Issue Year: 1/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 182-211
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Polish