Poland: A history, Adam Zamoyski
Adam Zamoyski

Poland: A history

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Anastasia Kasimova
Anastasia Kasimovahas quoted2 years ago
the sixteenth century the Polish Commonwealth was the largest state in Europe, extending over 990,000 square kilometres. The nature of this vast expanse varied from the undulating landscape of Wielkopolska to the flatness of Mazovia and the dense forests of Lithuania, from the Tatra mountains to the swamps of Belorussia, from the forests and lakes of Mazuria to the wild plains of Podolia rolling away into the distance, which the Poles referred to as ‘Ukraina’, meaning ‘margin’ or ‘edge’.
Anastasia Kasimova
Anastasia Kasimovahas quoted2 years ago
Sejms of both countries should meet as one, at Warsaw, a small town conveniently placed for the purpose
Anastasia Kasimova
Anastasia Kasimovahas quoted2 years ago
we swear to each other, in our name and in that of our descendants for ever more, on our honour, our faith, our love and our consciences, that albeit we are dissidentes in religione, we will keep the peace between ourselves, and that we will not, for the sake of our various faith and difference of church, either shed blood or confiscate property, deny favour, imprison or banish, and that furthermore we will not aid or abet any power or office which strives to this in any way whatsoever…
Anastasia Kasimova
Anastasia Kasimovahas quoted2 years ago
the absence of pomp and ceremony from its rites made it a pleasingly cheap religion to support.
Armando Molina
Armando Molinahas quoted4 years ago
s abandoned by most of Europe after 1945, as one country after another divested itself of its national pretensions and imperial attributes to pool its sovereignty in the interests of a united Europe. But the Soviet Union remained wedded to the old mindset of paranoid nationalist/ideological struggle for dominance. Its implosion released the nations
Armando Molina
Armando Molinahas quoted4 years ago
empires, commonwealths, kingdoms, duchies, principalities, republics, bishoprics, city states, baronies and lesser sovereignties. In a process that began with the eighteenth-century partitions of Poland, these polities had been subjugated and then reorganised into a small number of highly competitive states and the peoples inhabiting them into largely fictitious nations which saw their survival in Darwinian terms. This initiated a struggle that culminated in the two world wars and the Cold W
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