Sunday, May 27, 2012

`Written As That of a Failed State'

“In the early modern period, the Poles failed spectacularly to build an efficient centralised state structure and they paid the price, being swallowed up by their more successful neighbours. The history of Poland has therefore, up until now, been written as that of a failed state. Like some distorting lens or filter, that failure coloured and deformed the historian’s view of the whole of Polish history.”

[from Adam Zamoyski’s preface to Poland: A History, 2009]

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