German Expulsions & the Diaspora

While doing some research for an email response, I came across a body of work related to Die Vertreibung (The Expulsion). These papers are presented on the website of Dr. Stefan Wolff.

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, England, UK. A political scientist by background, he specialises in the management of contemporary international security challenges, especially in the prevention, management and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict stabilisation and state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.

  • Stefan Wolff, “Stefan Wolff,” political research, academic, Stefan Wolff, n.d., http://www.stefanwolff.com/.
Ethnic Germans in Poland and the Czech Republic: A Comparative Evaluation

Co-authored with Karl Cordell and subsequently published in Nationalities Papers (vol. 33, no. 2, 2005), this paper seeks to analyze the nature of the German minorities in the Czech Republic and Poland. In order to achieve this goal, the relationship between Czechoslovakia/ the Czech Republic and Poland with the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany/FRG) forms an essential intellectual backdrop to our main theme, while reference to the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic/GDR) will be made only as and where appropriate. Although we do consider wartime German occupation policy in both Poland and the Czech lands and the consequent expulsion of ethnic Germans from Poland and Czechoslovakia, due to limitations of space, these themes, which have been exhaustively dealt with elsewhere, do not form part of our main focus of study.

Ethnic Germans in Poland and the Czech Republic

Germany and German Minorities in Europe

Eventually to be published in Divided Nations and European Integration (ed. by Tristan Mabry, John McGarry, and Brendan O’Leary, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), this paper considers the various causes, consequences, and responses to the ‘German question’. Demographically and geographically complex, the dynamics of the divided German nation are now apparent in the context of European integration.

Germany and German Minorities in Europe

Ethnic Germans in Poland and the Czech Republic: A Comparative Evaluation

Co-authored with Karl Cordell and subsequently published in Nationalities Papers (vol. 33, no. 2, 2005), this paper seeks to analyze the nature of the German minorities in the Czech Republic and Poland. In order to achieve this goal, the relationship between Czechoslovakia/ the Czech Republic and Poland with the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany/FRG) forms an essential intellectual backdrop to our main theme, while reference to the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic/GDR) will be made only as and where appropriate. Although we do consider wartime German occupation policy in both Poland and the Czech lands and the consequent expulsion of ethnic Germans from Poland and Czechoslovakia, due to limitations of space, these themes, which have been exhaustively dealt with elsewhere, do not form part of our main focus of study.

Ethnic Germans in Poland and the Czech Republic

A Foreign Policy Analysis of the “German Question”: Ostpolitik Revisited

Co-authored with Karl Cordell and subsequntly published in Foreign Policy Analysis (vol. 3, no. 3, 2007), this paper takes a constructivist approach to foreign policy analysis. Using German policy vis-à-vis Poland and Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic as an example, we examine Ostpolitik since the 1960s as a case of a norm-driven foreign policy. We argue that the content of Ostpolitik, including changes over time, can be explained by reference to a prevailing norm consensus in Germany about the country’s foreign policy towards Central and Eastern Europe, which began to develop in the 1960s.

Ostpolitik Revisited