Re: OT: Rzeczpospolita (was: Re: Hi from Ukraine)
|From:||Lukasz Korczewski <lucasso@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 13:59|
> Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 16:48:02 -0500
> From: Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
> Subject: Re: Rzeczpospolita (was: Re: Hi from Ukraine)
> Apart from the fact that history generally isn't given much attention in
> Swedish schools, there seems to be a tendency to skip this particular warin
> school textbooks. This is somewhat odd, as it, one would think, would bean
> excellent opportunity to communicate the official anti-nationalismideology.
> An possible explanation is that it gets squeezed by the Thirty Years' War
> and the 1658 war in which Sweden conquered Scania from Denmark (the waryou
> mention actually began in 1655). Another explanation could be a general
> "Poland isn't imporant" attitude - indeed, most of the many Swedish-Polish
> conflicts are given little attention in popular works, and the part of the
> Great Nordic War fought in Poland is often summed up pretty much like "...
> and then the armies marched around for a few years, killing and burning in
> an random manner".
In Poland it's called <potop> (the use of this term is nowadays restricted
almost only to this war and to biblical Flood). And description of almost
every historic monument (esp. castles) contains sth like "turned into ruin
(or completely burned or at least heavily damaged) during Nordic War(s)".
(I've heard the loss on this field is comparable to this of IIWW). It was
also one of the important factors of decrease of religious tollerance.
That's the relativity of the history.
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