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

Hardcover | May 28, 2008

byMatthew Frank

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Expelling the Germans 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, Matthew Frank examines why the British came to regard the forcible removal ofGermans as a necessity, and evaluates the public and official responses in Britain once mass expulsion became a reality in 1945. Central to this study is the concept of 'population transfer': the contemporary idea that awkward minority problems could be solved rationally and constructively by removing the population concerned in an orderly and gradual manner, while avoiding unnecessary human suffering and economic disruption.Dr Frank demonstrates that while most British observers accepted the principle of population transfer, most were also consistently uneasy with the results of putting that principle into practice. This clash of 'principle' with 'practice' reveals much not only about the limitations of Britain's rolebut also the hierarchy of British priorities in immediate post-war Europe.

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Expelling the Germans 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, Matthew Frank examines why the British came to regard the forcible removal ofGermans as a necessity, and evaluates the p...

Matthew Frank is a Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.97 inPublished:May 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199233649

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AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Frankfurt-on-Wye/Monmouth an der Oder: Population transfer before the Second World War2. 'Not a difference of principle, but a difference of emphasis': Wartime studies on population transfer, 1940-453. From Prague to Potsdam: Expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia and Poland, May-July 19454. From Prague to Potsdam: Expulsion of the Germans from 'In Germany Now': The German refugee crisis, July-October 19455. 'A thankless task': Official responses to the expulsions, August-December 19456. Crisis! What crisis? German refugee rumours and scares, October 1945-January 19467. 'Useless mouths': Transfer of the Germans from Czechoslovakia and Poland, 1946-47ConclusionBibliographyIndex