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Poland:An Analysis Of Various Socioeconomic Frameworks and Business Relations
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You can hear the sticks break beneath your feet. This land must be unchartered: it is too beautiful to have been tainted by human life. As you near the end of the forest, you see a color your eyes have never witnessed. A lake so blue, so clear. You are a witness to the wondrous Lake Rożnowskie, in Poland. With all of the beautiful sites the country has to offer, it is almost baffling when you hear of its perturbing history and presently, its bustling business communities. From the invasions suffered during the seventeenth century to the unimaginable horrors at Auschwitz, it is hard to believe anything so pure has survived. Poland's rich yet troubled history has aided in the molding and maturation of the Polish economy, its business culture, and its international business relations. Poland is a 120,000 square-mile country situated in north-central Europe. It borders seven other European nations, as well as the Baltic sea to the north. Poland was officially founded as a country in 1024 with the coronation of Boleslaw Chrobry. A period of national instability followed when Boleslaw divided the country into thirds: one region for each of his sons. This period lasted about 150 years. During the 13 th century, Poland suffered numerous invasions and loss of land. In 1226, the Teutonic Order was brought in to quell the Prussian resistance. Eventually, the Order turned on and attacked Poland, gaining large amounts of land. Loss of trust turns out to be a common theme throughout Polish history, and this is just one of many examples. The Tartar invasions started in the 1240's. This brought about an influx of Germans in Poland. While some Germans assimilated into Polish culture, others added to the crescendoing German influence. The increasing diversity was an inviting sign towards Jews, who had been persecuted for centuries throughout Europe. Jews were able to live in Poland with the benefits of normal citizens and without wearing special clothing, which was viewed as radically liberal by other nations, including the Vatican. In the early fourteenth century, much of Poland was reunited after a brief stint of Czech rule. In 1333, Casimir the Great came to power. Poland prospered under Casimir. Poland's size
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increased twofold, and it became an important trading route in central Europe. In 1364, Krakow University was founded, which today stands as the second oldest in central Europe. After Casimer's reign, Poland ended its period as an independent country. In 1370, Poland was involved in a union with Hungary. Subsequent unions with Lithuania, Sweden and Saxony followed. The only successful union was with Lithuania, which was created to crush the Teutonic Order. With their combined forces, the Poles and Lithuanians were able to defeat the order. In 1440, the crown of Hungary was passed on to Wladyslaw III, Poland's current king. Two wars followed: one ended in victory, and the other with defeat. The Polish- Lithuanian union reached its peak in 1490.
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