Thanks for asking, Stefan. The book is just what the title states, and that is an outline from prehistoric times till 1980. (I didn t notice the 1980 dateMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2002View SourceThanks for asking, Stefan. The book is just what the title states,
and that is an outline from prehistoric times till 1980. (I didn't
notice the 1980 date until now!) I have barely begun it, but it
contains many statistics and other info regarding population
throughout time, economics, Poland's contributors to science,
literature and the arts throughout time, and the society in
general. For example, the contents of Chapter VI:
Poland under the Renaissance and the 'Democracy of the
Gentry' (1501 - 1618)
1. General features
2. Poland in 'the Golden Age' as seen against the background
3. Struggle for power. Evolution of the political system. The
Reformation and its collapse in Poland
4. Economic and social conditions
5. Economic differentiation of society
6. Culture and science in 'the Golden Age'
Since it is an outline, it doesn't go into great depth. I wanted
to read it to see if I could gain any more information about how
Poles lived from the 17th to 19th centuries. I did not want this
book for Kresy research although I did skim it for my questions
below, which remain unanswered.
My family did not move to Kresy until either right before
or after World War I. It seems to me that the majority of people
on this list are the same, with their families relocating to Kresy
immediately after that war. Here are some questions that
I have. Does anyone know of sources that can answer them?
As far as I know, there are none.
1. Was there a push by the Austrian Government for people
to move to its portion of Kresy prior to World War I?
2. I have read that Pilsudski wanted World War I veterans to
move to Kresy so that they could be the last line of defense
against Russian/Bolshevik/Soviet invasions. Is this true?
3. Other than the enticement of inexpensive land for purchase
or grant, did the new Polish Government do anything else to
help the veterans? Were they, for example, provided with
government-issued arms? Were they organized in any way?
4. Were the veterans possibly on reserve status so could be
called up at any time in the future? Did they ever attend
Kresy-wide settler or veteran meetings? Was there a military
draft in Poland after the first world war?
5. OR--and this is what it seems like to me: Was there a
flurry of activity immediately after World War I and the Polish/
Russian War regarding the Kresy "issues," and then our
families were more or less abandoned by the Polish
Government? I realize that there was very much for the newly
formed Government to do, and it did accomplish much in the
relatively short time it had prior to World War II.
What was you opinion of the book's value in describing the farther past?
(now that we are all aware of its flaws regarding the Kresy Wschodnie and
the history of our families).
Eve My family has resided within the Kresy regions since who knows when, the dates go back so far it seems like they were part of the furniture. Some still doMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 2, 2002View Source
My family has resided within the Kresy regions since who knows when, the dates go back so far it seems like they were part of the furniture. Some still do in Ukraine (cousins)
The veterans of WWI were offered cheap land and some of them were also offered free land, they had to have distinguished themselves in order to obtain that bit. I do have a bit on that on one of my pages (can't remember which one though)
Pilsudski did have the vets in mind as a line of defence as they wouldn't give up their land very easily, after all if you slog your guts out to make a barren land full of floatsam of war inhabitable would you just run away. I'm not sure about the assistance with arms, I suppose the acquisition of a few rifles wouldn't be that difficult after the war especially around the Eastern Front areas.
I'm not so sure that the AH Empire did pay much attention to the movement of people from different areas as long as they (males) were registered locally for the draft. There was some movement of people for work reasons. If you read the book Nation in a Village it will give you a better idea of the economic migration. A warning though, the book is a bit 'Heavy'.
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