The Independence Of Poland During The World War II

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Poles tend to view their nation as becoming nationalistic and heroic after the Second World War. In Polish cultural memory, the struggle of the newly independent nation after the First World War is overshadowed by the patriotic events surrounding the Second World War. The independence of Poland is an achievement for those who remember their heritage and culture. The country existed over one-hundred years before the end of the First World War and had finally gained its independence again. Once it gained its independence, however, the new nation had to face the aftermath of the Great War. Poland struggled against the logistical and patriotic elements which influenced its policy. After Poland solved the way in which it could gain…show more content…
Austria-Hungary’s commanders appealed to the Poles in similar ways. In November of 1916 progress was made when the rulers Wilhelm the Seconds and Francis Joseph recreated a Polish state in the formerly Russian territories of Poland, hoping to gain some favour with the Poles of that region. The Poles were a force within the countries which governed their territories. Poles were recognized as a source of men who had the ability to aid a larger nation’s war effort. The reward which granted Polish freedom, worked as a double edged sword of sorts. The ruling countries incited hope within Poles for nationhood. It was a step for Poles that marked the reestablishment of Poland was possible by the end of the war. The most popular figure in the events which surround Poland’s independence is Józef Piłsudski. Piłsudski led the most motived Polish movement which resided in Austria-Hungry. When Austro-Hungary began war with Russia, Piłsudski’s company hoped to begin a rebellion against the Russian territories which were once Polish. The goal was to get the Poles who lived in these territories to join Pilsudski, however he was not successful . While Poland had been a nation united more than one hundred years before the First World War, the three regions where they resided had slip apart. The Polish culture in Austria was not the same as in the Russian or
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