Polish vs Ukrainian villages in Galicia

I enjoyed fascinating discussions yesterday in many regards. I enjoyed them in L’viv style too — sitting in a coffee shop, then in another, then in another.

Here’s one detail:

In Galicia, originally Ukrainian villages are visibly different from originally Polish ones. The Ukrainian ones arose earlier. Many were build during a time of Tartar and Turkish raiders. Consequently, they are often hidden in valleys and ravines. They are also rounder with many little streets — for security, community, or both. Polish villages mostly came into existence during the time of a strong Polish state. They were built along single roads or intersections in places with good land for farming.

For my An-Cap friends, these reflect eras of mobile bandits versus stationary ones (whose longer time preference causes them to be more slightly more humane).

Here’s an article on the era.

2 Comments

  1. Leo

    Here is another book about the history of Ukraine. It’s more world-known than Doroshenko’s. Subtelny, O. 2000. The History of Ukraine, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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