Quote of the Day

“The local peasant is as stupid as he is stubborn, and the cudgel will instruct him more quickly than hunger or imprisonment.” –Mikołaj Pobóg-Rutkowski, Polish nobleman and landowner in a letter dated 18 December 1783, pleading with the authorities to allow him to beat every tenth peasant in the village of Vyshatychi.  Quoted by John-Paul Himka in Galician Villagers and the Ukrainian National Movement in the Nineteenth Century (1988)

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