The Other Prussia: Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 2000 - History - 280 pages
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This book considers the phenomenon of nation-building before the age of modern nationalism. It focuses on royal (Polish) Prussia - the 'other' Prussia - a province of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1466 to 1772/3, and its major cities Danzig, Thorn and Elbing. As an integral part of the Polish state the Prussian estates took pride in their separate institutions and privileges. Although its urban elites became predominantly Protestant and German-speaking, they formulated a republican identity deliberately hostile to the competing monarchical-dynastic myth in neighbouring ducal Prussia, ruled by the Brandenburg-Hohenzollerns from 1618. After 1700, the Polish crown increasingly antagonized the Prussian burghers by its centralizing policies and its failure to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth's borders. The decline of Poland and the partitions of 177293 guaranteed that it was not the tradition of liberty but the Hohenzollern version of Prussian identity that survived into the modern era. Joint winner of the Orbis book prize, The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
4
The origins of Royal Prussia
23
Royal Prussia and urban life in the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth
49
History myth and historical identity
74
Political identity in the cities of Royal Prussia and the meaning of liberty 16501720
99
Loyalty in times of war
124
Divergence the construction of rival Prussian identities
150
Centre versus province the Royal Prussian cities during the Great Northern War
174
Myths old and new the Royal Prussian Enlightenment
192
Conclusion
220
Bibliography
225
Index
271
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