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Borders of the Commonwealth



What territory was home for the history of Poland? We know only too well that the Polish stage which featured famous historic figures and well-known events was subject to frequent alterations throughout the ages. Not only is the study of maps helpful in history learning, but it may also prove enjoyable! Here are two e-learning modules with multimedia maps. The first one helps to follow the changing borders of the Polish state from its beginning to the mid-20th century.

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Text: Michał Kopczyński, PhD
Maps: Tomasz Opach, PhD

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Patronage of King Jan III (e-learning)

Popular opinion presents Jan III as a warrior king who defended Latin Europe against Ottoman invaders. It is therefore worth recalling that he was also a connoisseur of art and a great lover of books. In his leisure time he would indulge in reading and hold erudite discussions with his secretaries and visitors who came to Wilanów from different parts of the world.


Portrait of Stanisław Kostka Potocki (e-learning)

Here is a story about an equestrian portrait of Stanisław Kostka Potocki, a scholar, traveller and politician, creator of the Wilanów Museum, which for over 200 years has been open to the public.

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The foundations of Sarmatism: aurea libertas and mores maiorum (article, Silva Rerum)

The conviction, prevailing in the Commonwealth, that liberty is a supreme value is an ancient Roman idea transferred to Polish …