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

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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 multinational context was a ...

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Overview

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 multinational 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 are James B. Collins, Karin Friedrich, Gershon David Hundert, Joanna Kostyło, Krzysztof Łazarski, Allan I. Macinnes, Barbara M. Pendzich, Felicia Roşu, Barbara Skinner, and Artūras Vasiliauskas.

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction Citizenship and Identity in an Early Modern Commonwealth Karin Friedrich Friedrich, Karin 1

Pt. 1 Inclusion and Exclusion: Citizenship in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Ch. 1 Monarch, Citizens, and the Law under Stefan Batory: The Legal Reform of 1578 Felicia Rosu Rosu, Felicia 19

Ch. 2 Citizenship in the Periphery: Royal Prussia and the Union of Lublin 1569 Karin Friedrich Friedrich, Karin 49

Ch. 3 The Practice of Citizenship among the Lithuanian Nobility, ca. 1580-1630 Arturas Vasiliauskas Vasiliauskas, Arturas 71

Ch. 4 Civic Resilience and Cohesion in the Face of Muscovite Occupation Barbara M. Pendzich Pendzich, Barbara M. 103

Pt. 2 The Commonwealth of Many Nations and Faiths

Ch. 5 Identity Formation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Gershon David Hundert Hundert, Gershon David 131

Ch. 6 Khmelnytsky's Shadow: The Confessional Legacy Barbara Skinner Skinner, Barbara 149

Ch. 7 Commonwealth of All Faiths: Republican Myth and the Italian Diaspora in Sixteenth-Century Poland-Lithuania Joanna Kostylo Kostylo, Joanna 171

Pt. 3 Notions of Citizenship: The European Dimension

Ch. 8 'County Republicans' and the Concept of Active Citizenship in Sixteenth-Century Poland and France James B. Collins Collins, James B. 209

Ch. 9 The Hidden Commonwealth: Poland-Lithuania and Scottish Political Discourse in the Seventeenth Century Allan Macinnes Macinnes, Allan 233

Ch. 10 Freedom, State and "National Unity" in Lord Acton's Thought Krzysztof Lazarski Lazarski, Krzysztof 261

Glossary 277

Bibliography 279

Index 301

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