2020 | 9 | 127-145
Article title

The Polish-Czechoslovakian Conflict over Cieszyn Silesia, Spiš and Orava in the years 1938-1939 as Reported by the Polish Provincial Press published in Siedlce

Title variants
Languages of publication
a few months in 1938 and 1939 - from the time Hitler made his claims towards Czechoslovakia until the moment the state was dismantled. The author has focused on presenting the Polish-Czechoslovakian relations as reported by the press published in Siedlce, a district town located in the centre of pre-war Poland. At that time four periodicals were published there. The analysis of these publications has allowed the author to determine that the editors informed their readers about the situation of the disputed territories on a regular basis. The editors tried to make their message more attractive by posting photos or accounts by special correspondents. They built among its readers a negative image of the Czechoslovakian state, which was presented as an artificial creation where the rights of national minorities were not respected. The incorporation of these lands into Poland was presented as a symbol of historical justice. The press also played an important part in mobilising the local community to act for fellow countrymen from the lands being the object of the Polish-Czechoslovakian dispute. However, it did not recognise the growth of Slovakian independence activities, which were important for the internal affairs of Poland’s southern neighbour.
Physical description
  • Siedlce University, Poland
  • JARNECKI M. (2009), Irredenta ukraińska w relacjach polsko-czechosłowackich w latach 1918-1939, Kalisz-Poznań.
  • JONCA K. (2005), Dekrety prezydenta Edvarda Beneša. Niemcy w czechosłowackiej doktrynie politycznej i prawnej z lat 1920-1945, Wrocław.
  • KAMIŃSKI K. (2014), Szkice z dziejów Polski i Czechosłowacji w latach trzydziestych XX wieku, Warszawa.
  • LESIEWICZ E. (2000), Wielkopolska wobec stosunków polsko-czechosłowackich w latach 1918-1939, Poznań.
  • MAJEWSKI P. (2004), Nierozegrana kampania. Możliwości obronne Czechosłowacji jesienią 1938 roku, Warszawa.
  • PILARSKI S. (2008), Polskie ugrupowania polityczne wobec Czechosłowacji 1938-1939 , Warszawa.
  • SYSIK T. (2015), ‘Sprawa przyłączenia Zaolzia, Spiszu i Orawy do Polski jesienią 1938 r. na łamach ›Głosu Podlaskiego‹”, in Prasa podlaska w XIX-XXI wieku. Szkice i materiały. T. 4, ed. J. CABAJ, Siedlce, 145-158.
  • WINTER A. (2015), Siedlce 1918-1939, Siedlce.
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.