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In this publication i've got tried to research the dilemmas confronting the Polish government-in-exile in London throughout the moment global conflict. My major target has beeen to enquire the particular operation of the Polish govern­ ment and the general rules of the British executive vis-a-vis the Soviet Union insofar as they'd an immediate referring to Anglo-Polish kin. because the amazing conflicts over territorial claims, and, finally, sovereignty, have been among Poland and the Soviet Union, enormous recognition has been dedicated to the connection among the Polish and Soviet governments in the course of a so much attempting and hard interval of inter-Allied international relations. This paintings covers the interval of operation of the Polish govt on British soil until eventually the resignation of top Minister Stanislaw Mikolajczyk in November 1944. even though nice Britain didn't withdraw diplomatic reputation from the Polish executive until eventually July 1945, the Arciszewski govt, shaped after Mikolajczyk's resignation, used to be in general missed through nice Britain. as with every next governments, together with that which exists this day, Arciszewski's govt functioned essentially because the voice of Poland within the West - a central authority of protest.

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573· 72 73 HISTORICAL SETTING 21 event Russia might either share the spoils with Germany at the expense of Poland and Rumania, or remain neutral and constitute the chief menace when the war was over. "79 On August 19, the Polish Foreign Minister communicated a formal negative reply to the Western powers, relayed by Ambassador Kennard: It had always been a fixed principle of Poland's policy that the passage of no foreign troops should be permitted on Polish soil and the Polish government objected to the passage of Russian troops across Polish territory just as much as that of German troops ...

The Soviet Union considered itself obligated to intervene to protect its Ukrainian and White Russian brothers. " Fontes Juris Gentium, Series A, Sec. II, Vol. I, p. 486, quoted in Oppenheimer, p. 471. S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull observed: "Mere seizure of territory ... " New York Times. See also: Jerzy A. Gawenda, Lega/izm Polski w swietle Prawa Publicznego (Polish Legalism in Light of Public Law), (London: White Eagle Press, 1959). 21 "A Case Study in the Soviet Use ofInternational Law: Eastern Poland in 1939," AJIL, LII (1958), p.

Relevant documents do not bear out this assumption. Indeed, Beck expected more, but promised military and financial aid did not materialize. 104 Cienciala, p. 239. 28 HISTORICAL SETTING cated by the difficulties of operating in exile, were even more powerless. Looking back, Beck might be criticized for serious errors in judgement. The dynamic conditions in Europe by 1938-9 dictated a reassessment of Poland's policy of equilibrium - a reassessment Beck was incapable of, or unwilling to undertake.

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