>country as big as Germany with half as many people
>nothing worthwhile came ever out of it
what went wrong?
Poland is a very important part of history, I don't see how you could deny it. They've been a bastion of Catholicism when the other countries around the northern sea adopted protestantism. They're natural enemies to all Scandinavian countries + Russia.
He was also gay so he probably had *some* polish blood in him.
>biggest country on earth
>nothing but suffering ever comes out of it
what went wrong?
>victories against the Ottoman Empire (and some against Russia since weak Russia means peaceful Europe)
>the Commonwealth which was basically USA before USA
>this one is debatable but the uprising of 1794 helped the French Revolution from being overrun by foreign powers
>Polish contribution in the American Revolution, although the success was made possible by the French, Polish filibusters saved it during two crucial moments (including saving George Washington's life)
>artists, scientists, politicians who emigrated in the 19th century
>victory of 1920, one of the most important underrated events
>first months of WWII which were surpisingly taxing for the German Army and the attack on France had to be postponed, I don't know if it meant anything in the long run but that's what I heard
>the Pope? I dunno, political changes in 1989 definitely
Average Polish grandmother, eh, 'woman'
The Commonwealth had an enormous impact on how Eastern Europe turned out to how it is today. They missed out on the industrial and enlightenment cool club because of the partitions, but even then made an impact with famous artists and scientists such as Chopin and Marie Curie.
He was a Polish subject, spoke Polish, defended his city from Teutonic Knights which is all enough to call him Polish considering he was born before 1500s which is when the idea of nation was starting to take shape.
Well, he is clearly from a German family (Kopernigg), was raised German and visited a German school. Although the idea was a nation was alien to them, the idea of a German people wasn't. There was in fact a strong identification with German heritage among the Eastern European German diaspora, which is why it survived until the 20th century in the first place.
His family came from Silesia so probably a mixed Polish-German-Czech heritage (family name: Watzenrode) but he was definitely considered himself a loyal subject of his kingdom considering he fought for it and worked to improve its economic system.
Is it just me or is antipolonism and general antislavicism on the rise?
Being slav myself, should I get the fuck out of the West and take refugee in some war torn part Africa or Middle East before they start rounding us to extermination camps? I doubt local warlords would mind a slav fighting for them, despite worldwide antislav media campaign that would no doubt take place.
This is the whole problem. This whole made-up pan-slawism bullshit. This is early 20th century thinking - you are further alienating yourself from the civilized the world with this made up bullshit. When it comes to Poland, their education is just ridiculously nationalistic - and lacking a cohesive worldview.
You may or may not have heard of the Hansa. It stretched from London to Norway and even from Krakow to Koenigsberg. The Hansa was a federation of German merchants. They had a huge impact on the development of Eastern Europe.
Copernicus(that's a stretch)
Wroński(that's a stretch)
Banach(the only one that isn't a stretch)
Banach based lots of his work on deciphering and proving Wroński's pseudo-philisophical ramblings which were barely readable to begin with and had math formulas stuffed here and there.
>The Commonwealth had an enormous impact on how Eastern Europe turned out to how it is today.
Yeah, it's borders were the point where "serf-zone" started, where literacy was below 20% and industry couldn't really start until 1860's.
>South Kyrgyzstan riots
>war in Georgia
>war in Somalia
>Operation Enduring Freedom
All this with partial or full involvement of Europe or USA or Israel
You never had any Polish books used in school to learn history, did you?
The only things mentioned are that Konrad Mazowiecki invited them to help with getting rid of Prussians and that it backfired, battles of Płowce and Grunwald are mentioned (with bias towards the second one thanks to the Soviets), there is probably few sentences about christianisation of Prussians and finally the secularisation of Prussia.
In XV/XVI centuries? Definitively not.
1311-3 brought the end of it because German townsmen from Kraków, Wieliczka and Sandomierz thought that the Czech rule would be better and rebelled, they lost, majority of Krakowian non-Poles were massacred and German was banned from being used in administration.
Hanza was organisation of merchants. Some of them were Germans. some of them were Scandinavians, some Dutch, some Balts, some Poles and other Slavs, some were even Jews.
Mostly Jews, Germans and germanised Slavs/Balts but not Germans only.
>saved europe from mongols
>saved europe from turks
>saved europe from commies, twice
>saved europe from nazis (by taking the blunt of the damage)
>will save europe from liberalism
Is there a more based country? Only SJWs and fedora tippers from /reddit/ hate Poland because it's anti-communist, anti-progressive and Catholic.
Actually Crown peasantry have it good. Not a single peasant uprising in Polish ethnic lands. Where on East and West you had constant boiling state.
On West there were plenty of people but not so much land. Ever wonder why Germans move from Germany? It was divided war torn shithole with high taxes, food shortages and surplus population.
On the other side East has plenty of land but not enough people. This is why they were bound to land and forced into servitude.
Poland actually have mixed system that was really good for peasantry.
>Muscovy unified Russia by conquering the little principalities
>the Muscovy state literally became the Russian empire
>but Moscovy isn't Russia
Prussia became the German Empire but then fall. The successor state wasn't Prussia or even Empire.