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How Poland Came Into Being

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The first to write about the origins of the Polish state was the chronicler known as Gallus Anonymous who compiled his narrative in the early 12th century. The attempts at finding archaeological justification for the hypothesis of the early origins of the state were first made before the Second World War and then after it within the boundaries of the research program on the origins of the Polish state, which embraced dozens of sites all over Poland. The key aim of these investigations was tofind the earliest 'tribal' phase of the leading centers. It has been frequently stressed that the idea of unification did not come from Little Poland, a land rich in natural resources and earlier organized politically, but from a region of a clearly lesser economic potential, and which appeared on the political map of Central Europe relatively late, that is, when the Gniezno state originated.

Keywords:Gallus Anonymous; Poland



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