Argumentacja legitymizująca przynależność Ziem Zachodnich i Północnych do Polski w pierwszych latach po II wojnie światowej = The early post-war propaganda of the Western and Northem Territories thes to Poland
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This paper's main focus is an analysis of the propaganda arguments used over the period of 1944-1948 to legitimise Poland's acquisition of the Western and Northem Terrirories. The approach adopted is a systematic one. Most commonly, legitimisation is viewed as the interaction between the authorities and the society. ; Here, this notion refers not only to the very process of ruling a society, but also to the rule over a specific geographic area and the propaganda efforrs to sanctify the status quo. The authorities' propaganda in the period in question drew on historical, moral, legal, economic, geographic, and ideological arguments and targeted chiefly the Polish society - in order to motivate people to work hard, undivided, to put the formerly German territories to good use. ; Yet, the propaganda work was also aimed at the outside world - Germany and the West as well as the USSR, that were shown this way that the new authorities could cope with the problems and were determined to defend the new state boundaries.