A History of Poland

A History of Poland

A History of Poland

A History of Poland

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Poland, who will shortly reach her millennium, is often regarded as one of the new States. This oblivion of the Poland of the past is at the root of all the misunderstandings which stand in the way of a correct comprehension of the Poland of to-day. True, Polish history is not entirely unknown to the foreigner. But his mind usually retains only a few isolated facts of a specially striking nature, such as that of the Partitions. Rarely, on the other hand, does he go back to the origin of our historical evolution. More rarely still does he grasp its continuity, which even the Partitions were not able to break. Above all, he scarcely ever realizes the role that Poland has played in the general history of Europe from early times.

To remedy this state of affairs, regrettable not only from the point of view of contemporary Poland, but also from that of historical science, a simple manual of Polish history, more complete and more widely read than those which already exist in universally accessible languages, is not sufficient. What is needed is a philosophy of our national history conceived as an integral part of European history.

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