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Fragmentation in East Central Europe: Poland and the Baltics, 1915-1929

Klaus Richter


The First World War led to a radical reshaping of Europe’s political borders like hardly any previous event. Nowhere was this transformation more profound than in East Central Europe, where the collapse of imperial rule led to the emergence of a series of new states. New borders intersected centuries-old networks of commercial, cultural, and social exchange. The new states had to face the challenges posed by territorial fragmentation and at the same time establish durable state structures within an international order that viewed them at best as weak and at worst as provisional entities that w ... More

Keywords: Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, First World War, state-building, fragmentation, disintegration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843559
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klaus Richter, author
Senior Lecturer in Eastern European History, University of Birmingham