ORIGIN OF THE SLAVS, THE MIESZKO I PERIOD THAT PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE FOUNDATIONS OF POLAND
SLAVLARIN KÖKENİ VE POLONYA’NIN KURULUŞUNDA BÜYÜK ROL ÜSTLENEN I. MIESZKO DÖNEMİ

Author : ABDULHALİK BAKIR -Ebru Emine Oğuz
Number of pages : 149-188

Abstract

The recorded data of the Slavs, whose histories based upon fairly old periods, began from the VI.century A.D. When the Slavs, who were divided into three main branches by some ancient historians, were studied through linguistic perspective, it was understood that they all derived from common origin. The Poles, belonged to the Antés, were in the group of the Western Slavs. On behalf of Poland’s future their choices in 965 about being Christian was a turning point. This choice that Mieszko made to eliminate German’s oppression and also for the sake of his interests had a major role in the future of the country. By having chosen Rome, she was included to the Western branch of the Slavs that brought her closer to Europe. Along with the developments in socio-economical fields, Poland became in a position to be able to cope up with Germany and thus her isolation period was over. Another important issue in our paper is about Mieszko I’s past. This information is not mentioned in many sources, is so interesting as well as has a mythical characteristics. The work of the XII. century Polish historian Gallus Anonymus is of a great important in this regard.

Keywords

Slavs, Poland, Christianity, Mieszko I

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