Let's say, history is my passion :)
Ah well so is mine! European and Asian history to be particular. ^_^
If you really like Polish history I insist you read the books God's Playground by Norman Daives, it's a two volume book set and covers the whole of Polish history from the ancient pagan slavs to modern day. It's considered one of the best works on Polish history. Since you're in Turkey it might not be available so I pasted the google book links below where you can see them:Volume I:Origins to 1795Volume II:1795 to Present
My grandparents born and raised in Greece. I am also very familiar with Greek culture and Greek history.
Ah wow, so are you Greek blooded or were they Turkish diapsoria? There are many Turkish inhabitants in Greece, especially among the islands.
Slurp,slurp.Are you a real Greek?Our forefathers spilled tons of their blood to get us free from the Turks.We did over 100 revolutions against their rule.
Yes I am a real greek....half as I said before.
Turks hadn't done anything to you. They ruled Balkans nearly 500 years but unlike other empires they let the people keep their language, keep their religion. There was peace, only peace in these lands. Just forget what you read in your propagandist history books, and learn real history. This is the Polish-Turkish topic, If you open another topic, or contact me in private we can discuss that issue.
Such is very true. All empires have shed blood. What makes you thing Greece would have been better off under the Napoleonic empire, the British Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the Prussian Empire? I can tell you that Greek culture and language most likely would not be around or at minimal levels today. I can also tell you that Greece's Orthodox Christianity would have been long abolished for Roman Catholicism. The problem with the Balkans (including Turkey) can be propaganda nationalism, there is a lot of it flowing around and I think many Balkan problems can be solved if people indeed studied true history and culture and coexisted. Truth of the matter is the problems with the Balkans including the Ottoman empire are no where near compared to those having occurred throughout main-land Europe throughout the centuries. You name it: The Nazi's, the Stalinists, the Napoleonics (even though not so evil), the Crusaders, and what not.
Religion is something between you and god. And Turkey is the most tolerant country in the whole world about religion.
I concur, in these days people care too much about other peoples religious views. At least Turkey is open to religion (but not the most in the whole world since I don't think that can be measured). Unlike Turkey, countries like France and Great Britain are using their 'liberal' ideals to become a policing state amongst other people's religions almost like big brother. You can't wear turbans, religious symbols, etc etc. Killing freedom of speech and right to own acts and beliefs.