New PDF release: A History of Greek Mathematics: Volume 1. From Thales to

By Sir Thomas Heath

ISBN-10: 0543974480

ISBN-13: 9780543974488

This Elibron Classics booklet is a facsimile reprint of a 1921 variation via the Clarendon Press, Oxford.

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It makes for constant insecurity. It encourages raids, invasions, and annexations. It has meant that major territorial changes could be produced by the minor variations in the balance of power, and that states could expand or contract faster and further than anywhere else in Europe. The Polish state was no exception. From a nucleus between the Odra (Oder) and Vistula Rivers, it expanded in moments of strength with great rapidity, reaching the Baltic, the Dnieper, the Black Sea, and the Carpathians.

On the theoretical front, Professor Jerzy Topolski made a determined effort to put Polish History into a respectable Marxist framework. 22 Topolski's work started with several studies on the regional history of Wielkopolska, and in particular, on the feudal economy of 18 MILLENIUM the lands of the Archbishop of Gniezno. But it moved on to expound a theoretical discipline that exerted considerable influence on the professionals of the People's Republic. 23 Ironically, his introduction to Marksizm a Historia (1977) was published shortly after Poland's best-known ex-Marxist philosopher, necessarily working abroad, had published his devastating critique of Marxism's origins, growth, and dissolution.

In the Western Territories gained from Germany in 1945, the banners proclaimed such messages as 'A THOUSAND YEARS OF POLAND ON THE ODRA' or 'A THOUSAND YEARS OF POLAND ON THE BALTIC - both plain mis-statements of fact. For the historian, the use to which his subject is put by politicians, both clerical and communist, is not without interest. To the impartial observer, the Roman Catholic identification of Church and Nation in the past was as specious as the communists' habit of identifying Party and People today.

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