Saganovich: Anniversary Grunwald — a relic of the Cold War

Belarusian historians have different opinions victory Polish-Litvinskiy army over the Teutonic Knights at Grunwald, the 600-year anniversary was celebrated today.

The Battle of Grunwald in the Belarusian historiography little studied, by inertia evaluate it as a very powerful, which supposedly saved Belarus considers historian Ales Kravtsevich. At various times its value and evaluated in different ways:

Ales Kravtsevich

"First, it delayed the onset of the Teutonic Order. Secondly, during the war with the Teutonic Order was tempered state — Grand Duchy of Lithuania. But to say that it was a life-changing — is not necessary … to approach this battle of the twentieth century were a perspective totalitarianism is seen as a war against German expansion. A medieval event — a few other things. There wasand their interests. Knights of the Teutonic Order, not all bad things they have done a lot of good. So what you need evaluate the events of the realities of the time. There was a really great battle scale. Of course, she unleashed some of the political problems. For example, the threat of an attack on us by the Teutonic Order it eliminated. "

Historian Gennady Saganovich fall plans to publish a book about the Battle of Grunwald. The book has already been prepared, but the historian deliberately not in a hurry for the anniversary, since this is the emotional lift it can not accept the way they should. According to him, the Belarusian tradition of Grunwald, which is quite young, it is very much too radical and anachronistic ideas that just may be called relic of the Cold War:

Gennady Saganovich

"First — this is the thesis of the inevitability of the battle.'s Not true. General battle could not be. Indeed, until recently chief master was looking for compromises. Depended more on the battle Jagiello and Vytautas. Second — Slavic-German nature of the confrontation. After all, we know from sources that the Slavs and Germans stood on either side of Grunwald field. Oh, and the third — the thesis lesanosnasts victory, saying that it was the salvation of Belarusians and Belarus from German aggression. This is quite a late postscript Grunwald, born of the confrontation and panslavism PanGermanism. By and large, and the battle, and the victory was not brought such a big change in the course of history and the 15th century, and the whole era ON. think that winning is more like a legend, a myth for our contemporary history in its symbolic meaning. I mean — as a tool revival of historical memory, the education of national dignity. "

Professor Anatoly Gritskevich, that up to the value of the victory at Grunwald, opined:

Anatoly Gritskevich. photo —

"For us it's really a patriotic war. Main — finally, at ages 5 — stopped the German offensive on the territory of Belarus. Economically and caused the defeat of the Teutonic Order free travel on the river to the Baltic Sea trade with northern Europe, with North Germany, and indeed influenced the development of our economy. "

National Public Committee for the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald plans for the autumn international scientific conference, which will bring together historians from Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Germany.


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