I have nothing against "ego" but "VULGAR"??? Oh pleeeeeaaaaaase
That's why I modified the meaning. 'Vulgus' in Latin means 'common', the classical take. Like in 'Vulgata', the Common Bible. Every nation has/had it. I mean the ego.
nott:It was, during the Commonwealth. Elsewhere unheard of period of stability and well-being, democracy at its best, tolerance and development.
Every country (most) has these times of success and those of defeats...no country is inherently barbaric or has a "vulgar ego"...that is so stupid.
I am not going against Germany here, a country like any other, more or less. Russia, though, is an exception. It was a typical European country, with its local oddities, which was typically European too, until the Mongol conquest. Since then it went downhill, drastically, combining the worst of the two worlds.
'The touch of vulgar German ego' was about the period when Russia imported civilisation from Germany, and warped it in its own way. Vulgarised.
And Polish Commonwealth was another exception. I don't know about a comparable period of prosperity in any other European country. Might be my patriotic bias, but then please show me.
As for Polish barbaric invasion, again - Poland became the source of civilisation in Moscow, for a stretch. Polish in Moscow, then, was like French in Europe a bit later on.
Resuming, I'd say jasinski was right, in general. Swelling German ego on one side, Russian Asiatic barbarism on the other, and Poland in between, with democracy already degenerating, as it is, like, its natural way.