Peter_H Threads: 3 / Posts: 60
Joined: Oct 27, 2008
Mar 4, 2009, 12:32am #8
Hi Bratwurst Boy,
I've seen you allude to this on a number of occasions, but I wonder if you could explain more fully in what way you believe interwar Poland and the Polish government was equally or more nationalistic than that in Germany, as per your quote below.
Bratwurst Boy: Poland which nationalism was as worse as the german one
Personally, I think the Roman Dmowski and the National Democratic Party offer similarities with Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi party, especially in Nationalism. However, it's clear, ideologically, Hitler held more extreme views in relation to his nationalism, for example; on minorities, where it could be said that they held broadly similar opinions, the actions they took, or in Dmowski's case planned to take, differ widely. To put it frankly, they may have agreed on boycotts of Jewish goods, and I can also see Dmowski passing purity laws, but I can't ever imagine Dmowski setting up extermination camps.
More importantly, Polish politics of the later interwar years was for more complex than that of Germany and not dominated by a sole party proclaiming nationalism. Jozef Pilsudski being the obvious counterbalance to Dmowski. Pilsudski was in many ways a nationalist , but to my mind, it's incomparable to liken him to the nationalist fervour that had gripped Germany by 1935. Let's not forget, the Nuremberg Laws had been introduced in Germany by 1935. Ignacy Moscicki, brings more complexity and even less nationalism to politics of interwar Poland. Overall, there was a large amount of nationalism present in 1930's Polish politics, but it wasn't the single, dominant policy, as it was in Germany.
I wonder if you might also say a little more about
Bratwurst Boy: annoying, irritating and aggravating Poland
Are you suggesting Poland provoked Germany into WW2? If so, in what ways specifically?