Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Poland - Key to Europe" by Buell

Now reading a book on "Poland - Key to Europe" by Buell published in 1939.

The book is fascinating. The main message I am getting so far is that Poland today is in unbelievably better political, social, military, and economic position than before 1939.

There is a couple of cool historical quirks that I like so much. For instance, in 1927 Poland, in return for a stabilization loan from the US, had to appoint a foreign financial advisor to the Council of the Bank of Poland, apparently to "watch over us". Charles Dewey, an American assistant secretary at the Treasury, assumed the position for three years. Sounds like a banana republic...

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