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An approximation of the eastern boundary of ethnic Poland was drawn by the Curzon Line put forth by Britain's foreign secretary, George Nathaniel Curzon. Coincidentally, or otherwise, it was actually very similar to the dividing line of the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939. Either of these two lines were ones that Polish nationalists could legitimately claim. In ...


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The only documented change of territory that I can find references for is the annexation of Tanu Tuva, which was occupied by the Red Army in 1921 as stablished as an "independent" People's Republic under Soviet control, and formally annexed it in 1944. Later on, during the Sino-Soviet split which led to the Sino-Soviet war, China made some claims against ...


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Certainly the answer is hard. Maybe we can separate it in two main zones. One is Mongolia and the other one is Dalian (also named Dairen or Port Arthur). Before 1921 Mongolia was under influence of China, while after that date the influence went to the Soviet Union. Dairen is a port that was occupied by several countries during XIX and XX centuries. After ...


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If we collect the key points from above: Good access by river to Baltic, Black and Caspian seas. Leaders adept at dealing with Zolotaya Orda and playing the weaker principalities off one another; successful incorporation of Vladimir and Tver to cement power. The "hint" at Moscow's potential future strength provided by the victory, however fleeting at the ...



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