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

by Matthew Frank

Part of the Oxford Historical Monographs Series

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

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 of Germans 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 role but also the hierarchy of British priorities in immediate post-war Europe.

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

An able treatment of a subject that deserved to be brought back from obscurity. * Victor Rothwell, The English Historical Review. * ...an excellent exploration of the initial response of British officials to population transfer in the late 1930s and 1940s * Alexander Clarkson Reviews in History Online * This work is immensely readable, yet thorough and deeply rooted in primary sources...a compelling, well researched and well written work * Benjamin Ziemann, H-Soz-U-Kult *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199233649
Publication date: 1st March 2008
Author: Matthew Frank
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 332 pages
Categories: Population & demography,

About Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank is Lecturer in International History at the University of Leeds.

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