jonni: Actually it would. Unless you're suggesting that taking US citizenship doesn't make someone American.
No it makes you a citizen not a national, US never had a nation in any but legal sense.
jonni: Hmm. Poland was "behind" the western countries even before partition
In what way? Last i checked Poland was to become a first true democracy in Europe and partitions happened exactly to stop that rapid progress that was frightening the despotic powers around Poland.
In 1830 for example Kingdom of Poland (which is about 40% of the pre-partition territory) constituted 30% of all Russian Empires industry, thats huge for a "backward" country.
jonni: post-war recovery, both during the PRL years
How did the West help Poland during the PRL years please?
jonni: Not sure what you mean by "German dumps" - the cities now in West Poland, even with war damage were in a better state than most of the small towns that were lost in the east.
Thats the problem with you, you're an ignorant idiot, Lwów was intact, Vilinus was relatively intact, at the same time Wrocław for example was destroyed in 85%, that beatifull town square thats here today? Its been rebuilt from scratch, the entire recovered territories were an absolute ruin while our eastern provinces were quite intact and held a large part of our industry (Lwów).
jonni: Those who survived would disagree with you. And many of the higher-level functionaries in the post-war government here had held high office before the war.
Again idiotic rubbish on your part, want a list of accomplished mathematicians who died/fled vs those who stayed as an example? Poland lost over 90% of its elites.
jonni: There comes a certain point when fantasy becomes sheer nonsense. Check out the economic statistics about Poland before 1939 and Poland now. Or just have a look at some old maps.
You mean that same Poland that had 9% annual GDP growth in 1937, 11% in 38 and 12.5% by September 1939?
That same Poland that despite its severe underdevelopment was the fastest growing economy in Europe? (Pretty much like today just a lot faster and with only home grown funds).
Your point being?
jonni: Some idiot once even said to me that the area I live in is so scuzzy looking because all the beautiful buildings, palaces, theatres that were there had been destroyed. Except according to every map, there was just farmland here until the 1960s.
How about we stop with made up examples, you've been in my Warsaw thread so we both know how much Poland lost, Ukraine and Belarus have always been turdholes with the only serious developments ever done by Poles but Poland proper is a 1000 years old country bled dry from its heritage.