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Silesia (Poland : Voivodeship)


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    • Polski Śląsk (Poland : Voivodeship)
    • Górny Śląsk (Poland : Voivodeship)
    • Śląsk Górny (Poland : Voivodeship)
    • Śląskie województwo (Poland)
    • Polish Silesia (Poland : Voivodeship)
    • Wojewodschaft Schlesien (Poland)
    • Województwo Śląsko-Dąbrowskie (Poland)
    • Śląsko-Dąbrowskie województwo (Poland)
    • Polnisch-Schlesien (Poland : Voivodeship)
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      • found: Its Constitution. Das organische Statut ... 1920.
      • found: Col.-Lipp. gazetteer, 1961:p. 1767 (in 1945 Lower Silesia and part of Upper Silesia were placed under Polish administration, by 1950 it was divided into Wroclaw, Opole and Katowice provs.)
      • found: www.encyclopedia.com, 06-29-01:(After World War I the Treaty of Versailles (1919) provided for a plebiscite to determine if Upper Silesia was to remain German or to pass to Poland. The results of the plebiscite (1921) were favorable to Germany except in the easternmost part of Upper Silesia, where the Polish population predominated. After an armed rising of the Poles (1922) the League of Nations accepted a partition of the territory; the larger part of the industrial district, including Katowice, passed to Poland. The contested city and district of Teschen were partitioned in 1920 between Poland and Czechoslovakia (to the satisfaction of neither) by the conference of ambassadors. The political division of the Silesian industrial district was carried out so arbitrarily that the boundaries often cut through mines; some workers slept in one country and worked in another. As a result of the Munich Pact of 1938 most of Czech Silesia was partitioned between Germany and Poland, and after the German conquest of Poland in 1939 all Polish Silesia was annexed to Germany. After World War II the pre-1938 boundaries were restored, but all formerly Prussian Silesia E of the Lusatian Neisse was placed under Polish administration (a small section of Lower Silesia W of the Neisse was incorporated with the East German state of Saxony)... Although the transfer of territories to Polish administration was made subject to revision in a final peace treaty with Germany, the Polish government treated all Silesia as integral Polish territory. West Germany finally relinquished all claims to the area under the terms of a nonnaggression pact with Poland in 1972.)
    • Editorial Notes

      • [Use for the jurisdiction prior to 1945. For the jurisdiction after the regional reorganization of Jan. 1, 1999, use the heading "Województwo śląskie (Poland)."]
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      • 1982-11-27: new
      • 2015-09-23: revised
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