Citizenship and Identity in a Multinational Commonwealth: Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1772

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Karin Friedrich, Barbara M. Pendzich
BRILL, 2009 - History - 307 pages
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This volume seeks to address the doubts harboured by the West about the ability of East Central European states to build modern democracies and tolerant societies after the expansion of the European Union eastwards. The tradition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is thereby often overlooked in favour of the nationalist romanticism and xenophobia of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, which arose from the specific context of the partitions of 1772-95. Yet citizenship in a multi-national context was a central theme of the political debate in early modern Poland-Lithuania. For many contemporary religious and national conflicts, this Commonwealth cannot be a direct model for imitation, but may serve as a source of inspiration due to the creative solutions and compromises it negotiated while integrating many faiths and ethnicities. Contributors include: James B. Collins, Karin Friedrich, Gershon David Hundert, Joanna Kosty?o, Krzysztof Lazarski, Allan I. Macinnes, Barbara M. Pendzich, Felicia Ro?u, Barbara Skinner, and Art?ras Vasiliauskas.
 

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Contents

Citizenship and Identity in an Early Modern Commonwealth Karin Friedrich
1
CITIZENSHIP IN THE POLISHLITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH
17
The Legal Reform of 1578 Felicia Rosu
19
Royal Prussia and the Union of Lublin 1569 Karin Friedrich
49
Chapter Three The Practice of Citizenship among the Lithuanian Nobility ca 15801630 Arturas Vasiliauskas
71
Chapter Four Civic Resilience and Cohesion in the Face of Muscovite Occupation Barbara M Pendzich
103
PART TWO THE COMMONWEALTH OF MANY NATIONS AND FAITHS
129
Chapter Five Identity Formation in the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth Gershon David Hundert
131
Republican Myth and the Italian Diaspora in SixteenthCentury PolandLithuania Joanna Kostylo
171
THE EUROPEAN DIMENSION
207
Chapter Eight County Republicans and the Concept of Active Citizenship in SixteenthCentury Poland and France James B Collins
209
PolandLithuania and Scottish Political Discourse in the Seventeenth Century Allan Macinnes
233
Chapter Ten Freedom State and National Unity in Lord Actons Thought Krzysztof Lazarski
261
Glossary
277
Bibliography
279
Index
301

The Confessional Legacy Barbara Skinner
149

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Karin Friedrich, Ph.D. (Georgetown University, 1995), Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. Author of The Other Prussia. Poland, Prussia and Liberty 1569-1772 (CUP 2000).Barbara Pendzich, Ph.D. (Georgetown University,1998), doctorate on the reaction of various social groups in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to the Polish-Muscovite war of 1654.

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