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    #Prior to World War 1   
    Prior to World War 1, in 1914, the area was part of the German Empire.
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    #After World War 1   
    After World War 1, in 1936, Poland was created, covering an exclave of the Nazi German nation.
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    #start of World War 2   
    In 1939 Nazi Germany demanded the Danzig area, which was technically neutral, Poland resisted, with the backing of Britain and France. This lead to the start of World War 2.

How Russia Got Its Kaliningrad exclave

Ever wondered why a part of Russia is detached from the rest? There are a lot of weird borders in the world, and often the reason is that a country wanted access to the sea and fight like crazy to get it. They ignore any reasonable boundary between countries in exchange for a bizarre panhandle, or sometimes even cutting off parts of other countries to create a strange border situation called enclaves, which is when a part of a country is only reachable by land through other countries. This video goes over 3 bizarre border situations including why Russia has an the kaliningrad exclave, which is a result of a chain of events in world war 1 and world war 2 in which germany had a strange border where east prussia was an exclave cut off by the danzig corridor, which actually led to world war 2. There is also Angola's exclave of Cabinda cut off by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This weird border is a by product of the scramble for Africa. Finally there is Croatia






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