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Date: 15 July 2020

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610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

JAN MATEJKO, “BITWA POD GRUNWALDEM”

610 years ago, on 15th July 1410, Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights. The defeat of the monastic Teutonic state, originally established by crusader knights brought in to spread Christianity among the pagan peoples inhabiting the areas along the Baltic shore, allowed the Polish-Lithuanian alliance to flourish, eventually leading to the rise of the regional superpower known as the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Teutonic Knights never regained their dominance, and Poland-Lithuania became the major power in eastern Europe. The victory is celebrated in the national histories of Lithuania and Poland.

Each year, crowds gather in the fields near the village of Grunwald, north-eastern Poland, to witness the annual reenactment of the great medieval battle which saw Polish-Lithuanian forces defeat the German-Prussian Teutonic Knights in 1410, leading to a major power shift in the region for centuries to come.

The battle is usually accompanied by various side events, including concerts and medieval tournaments as well as the opportunity to walk around a recreated military camp, with various craftsmen presenting replicas of medieval weaponry and accessories.

 

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W tak ważnym dniu z dumą informujemy, że The Warsaw Institute Review zainicjował właśnie nowy format podcastów pt. „Geohistoria przez wieki”, których intencją jest przybliżenie odbiorcom ważnych wydarzeń z historii Polski ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem geopolityki minionych czasów. Kolejne odcinki z cyklu „Geohistoria przez wieki” będą publikowane raz w miesiącu i zostaną poświęcone istotnym zagadnieniom oraz postaciom, które odcisnęły swoje piętno na historii i kulturze Polski, Europy o świata. Prowadzącym projekt jest dr Rafał Zgorzelski, ekspert Fundacji Warsaw Institute. Pierwszy odcinek zatytułowany „Tradycje geopolityczne: Polska Piastowska czy Jagiellońska?” poświęcony Bitwie pod Grunwaldem dostępny będzie już jutro!

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