Elusive alliance the german occupation of poland in world war i jesse kauffman harvard university press cambridge massachusetts 2015 320 pages book review published on march 24 2017 if geography is not destiny it certainly has a powerful role to play just ask the poles. Elusive alliance delves into germanys three year occupation of poland and explains why its ambitious attempt at nation building failed dubbed the imperial government general of warsaw germanys occupation regime was headed by veteran prussian commander hans hartwig von beseler. To view the world wars as two eruptions of the same pathological german imperial ambitions is to miss crucial differences between them as this book has shown imperial germanys occupation of poland fundamentally differed in both its means and ends from that of the national socialists. As world war i dragged on into 1915 german armies along the western front settled into stalemate with entrenched british and french forces but in the east the picture was quite different the kaisers army routed the russians took possession of polish territory and attempted to create a polish satellite state elusive alliance delves into germanys three year occupation of poland and . Beselers regime in poland was very rigorous though perhaps not so much so as that germany imposed on belgium and certainly not to be compared with germanys occupation of poland in a later war he administered poland primarily for the purpose of sustaining germanys wartime economic interests
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