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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #1

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How was Poland's Boleslaw I so successful in his multiple wars against his neighbors? He seized lands from the Kievan Rus, the Pomeranian Danes and Slavs, the Bohemians, and the Germans. Additionally, he renounced his ducal position and established himself as Poland's first king, thus severing any tie to the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. The Slavic peoples on the Frankish and then German Empire's borders had always been tributary people, how did Boleslaw so successfully break this bond? What weaknesses in the German reich allowed him to make such daring moves?
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Old October 31st, 2007, 05:53 AM   #2

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You are SO into Polish history! I'd recommend "God's Playground" vol 1, by prof Norman Davies. It covers the Piast dynasty [I think that's the right one for Boleslav?] in some detail.

Unfortunately it's not my area of expertise.
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Yeah, I am preparing to go to Poland for school in January, so that has inspired much interest in their history within me.
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I would also like to know, but unfortunately, for me it's a great mistery as well.
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Hello,
I know well early medieval history of Poland. Causes of successful politics of King Boleslaw was strong Polish army and de facto his authority . King Boleslaw had accomplished expansive politics. During Polish-German War (1002-1018) Boleslaw didn’t loose thanks to specific tactics. Polish army avoided open battle, they fought back in grads. Polish army tactics were effective.
If I made mistake I’m sorry.

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This is a very old thread but it is worthy to be reavctivated

IMO: He was successful for the reason that most rulers are
  • He was excellent strategist, much better than his opponents
  • He was a very aggressive leader
  • He had acute sense of tactic and battlefield management
  • He was a strong leader and exceptional motivator for his troops
  • He was an excellent administrator thus he ensured financial base for his campagnas
  • He possessed very good material for service in his cavalry and infantry units
  • The backbone of his army were very well trained professional soldiers
  • Poland emerged as a good material and human base for his conquests
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boles%C5%82aw_I_Chrobry


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King Of Poland Boleslaw I Brave (Chrobry)Reigin 992 – April 18, 1025
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  • He was an excellent administrator thus he ensured financial base for his campagnas
I can’t agree. Boleslaw accomplished aggressive politics goal-oriented capture loots, prisoners of war, new lands. Boleslaw accomplished unceasing progressive politics fiscal. He burden Polish people. His finance politics was disadvantageous. Upkeep so huge army was difficoult. Polish people must keep army. People wasn't happy. During rule son of Bolesław population revolted versus jurisdiction.

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I can’t agree. Boleslaw accomplished aggressive politics goal-oriented capture loots, prisoners of war, new lands. Boleslaw accomplished unceasing progressive politics fiscal. He burden Polish people. His finance politics was disadvantageous. Upkeep so huge army was difficoult. Polish people must keep army. People wasn't happy. During rule son of Bolesław population revolted versus jurisdiction.
It is a free forum for expression of personal opinion. You may agree or not but the truth is that Boleslaw I elevated the state of Poland from medival obscurity to the role of major player in East Europe.
For a cost, offcourse. But the cost was not higher than in neighbouring countries.
The Mieszko II rule of Poland after Boleslaw I death was not as effective as his father and this was a reason for some discontents. But it was of his own making, not Boleslaw’s I

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Polish history is impressive. Poles were able to defeat very strong enemies like Swedes, Russians, Mongols, Turks and Teutonic Order.

I personally like Polish Winged Hussars - one of most impressive military corps of medieval warfare.
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