LORD CURZON AND THE RIGA LINE
LORD CURZON
In the course of 'the three Partitions of Poland, Russia acquired the whole of
the "western lands," and her frontier in this direction corresponds very
approximately with that suggested by Curzon and that actually adopted in 1939.

These lands had never before been ruled by the State of Muscovy, but they
had been subjected to that earlier Russian' state of Kiev, and Russia claimed the
territory in virtue of this and of the linguistic and religious connections of its
people. Appeal to the aspirations of the people has always been impossible;
appeal, to history is double-edged, and Russia and Poland have generally
resorted to the arbitrament of the sword to decide where their mutual frontier
shall run.