Problematic Poland: 1947

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Problematic Poland: 1947

This video shows the new industrialization phase of Poland. It shows all the new workers and technology in Poland. The eggs are put through factories, crates, and then boats for transportation. This was Poland's beginning of mass production!, it furthered Poland's place in the world, but had many side affects that proved it phyrric.

Major Problems * infrastrutcture * food/ agriculture * healthcare *consumer goods * security and defense

Problematic Poland: 1947

A Destroyed Poland: Warsaw

Polish Armed Forces

#3 problem: Infrastructure Poland, with a poorly developed industrial base, suffered catastrophic damage to its infrastructure during and after WWII. The losses in national resources and infrastructure amounted to over 30% of the pre-war potential. In Warsaw over 80% of it was destroyed in the aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising. Poland was divided between Russia, Austria, and Germany, so the main railway lines were only centered in the capitals of Russia, Austria, and Germany. Additionally, the densities of the railway networks in the three sectors were uneven. After WWII, the road system was in very low quality; it showed the same incongruences that the railways had. The domestic and international air transports were also poorly developed, because the international routes were only centered at the airport in Warsaw.

#2 problem: Security and DefenseIn 1944 Poland was in the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence, and Joseph Stalin wanted to guarantee Moscow’s influence in the Polish Armed Forces. So the Polish Army was formed in July, 21, 1944. The Soviets had toal control over Poland's Armed Forces, and in 1947 there was a systematic elimination of “unreliable” Polish officers.The Poles right to be a military leader/ officer were being taken away from them, and they couldn’t even be soldiers of their own country. The Soviets domination of the Polish armed forces negatively affected the quality of Polish military personnel, such as the air defense troops. Stalin increased political training than academic and professional military training. By early 1948 Poland didn't even have its own millitary system, they had to rely on the Soviet Union soliders to protect their country.

#1 problem: Healthcare In 1947, Poland went through an industrialization period. This meant that citizens moved from the countrysides into the cities for new factory jobs. This made living conditions detrimental to health and hygiene. With more health problems, the Poles relied heavily upon their healthcare system. Under communism, this was a weak program. There were not enough doctors for the amount of patients. This lead to long lines and going extensive periods of time without needed treatment.

Soviet Soliders

Geography: Poland is located in Central Europe. It covers 120,700 square miles. The east Poland is bordered by Belarus and Ukraine; on the south by Slovakia, and Czech Republic; on the west by Germany; on the north by the Baltic sea, Russia, and Lithuania.

History:After WWII, Poland was left devastated. Nearly 25% of the population was killed. In 1939 Poland had 35.1 million inhabitants, and by the end of the war only 19.1 million remained within its new borders. Poland’s poor industry got even worse after the war, they lost a lot of natural resources, and a great deal of damage was caused to their infrastructure. After Poland, pressured by the Soviet Union rejected America’s Marshall Plan, it struggled to acquire a stable centralized power base to reconstruct its country. The communist took power between 1945 and 1947. Between 1944-1946, Poles were forced to migrate from Poland, because it was an official Soviet Policy, and over a million Polish citizens were removed from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union. In the upcoming years, the Polish communist government created the Three-Year Plan to rebuild Poland after the damage of WWII. It was carried out in the years 1947-1949, and it’s known to be the most successful and efficient economic plan, it succeeded in largely rebuilding Poland, and increasing output of Polish industry and agriculture.

This graph shows Poland's GDPs in the early 2000s. The year 1947 was vital to Poland because of all the industrial improvements they made.

Country Facts:* population in 1947: 23.7 million * Flooding in the North, and Drought in the Central Lowlands*military branches: Polish Air Force, Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland *Poland had access to the Baltic Sea, Vistula River, Wisla River, and Jezioro Lakes. *National symbol: The White Eagle * Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe by land area

The number of inhabitants of Krakow and Lodz in the years 1850-2010

Culture of Poland:* religious holidays in Poland include Christmas and All Saints’ Day * people didn't use first names, unless invited to do so* Traditionally, the woman's place was in the house, and her rule in household matters was absolute.*Poland's national culture emerged as a combinaion of Latin and Byzantine influences*Poles are reputed to be avid readers and said to have a keen interest in the arts.*According to Polish tradition, a pregnant woman should not look at the disabled, mice, or fire in order not to damage the infant.*Approximately 95 percent of Poland's inhabitants are Roman Catholics


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