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Polin, Volume 14
     

Polin, Volume 14

by Antony Polonsky (Editor)
 
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, created in 1569, covered a wide spectrum of faiths and languages. The nobility, who were the main focus of Polishness, were predominantly Catholic, particularly from the later seventeenth century; the peasantry included Catholics, Protestants, and members of the Orthodox faith, while nearly half the urban population, and some 10 per

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The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, created in 1569, covered a wide spectrum of faiths and languages. The nobility, who were the main focus of Polishness, were predominantly Catholic, particularly from the later seventeenth century; the peasantry included Catholics, Protestants, and members of the Orthodox faith, while nearly half the urban population, and some 10 per cent of the total population, was Jewish. The partition of Poland at the end of the eighteenth century and the subsequent struggle to regain Polish independence raised the question of what the boundaries of a future state should be, and who qualified as a Pole. The partitioning powers, for their part, were determined to hold on to the areas they had annexed: Prussia tried to strengthen the German element in Poland; the Habsburgs encouraged the development of a Ukrainian consciousness in Austrian Galicia to act as a counterweight to the dominant Polish nobility; and Russia, while allowing the Kingdom of Poland to enjoy substantial autonomy, treated the remaining areas it had annexed as part of the tsarist monarchy. When Poland became independent after the First World War more than a third of its population were thus Ukrainians, Belarusians, Germans, Jews, and Lithuanians, many of whom had been influenced by nationalist movements. The core articles in the volume focus especially on the triangular relationship between Poles, Jews, and Germans in western Poland, and between the different national groups in what are today Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine. In addition, the New Views section investigates aspects of Jewish life in pre-partition Poland and in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are also the regular Review Essay and Book Review sections.

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A consolidated index for the first 12 volumes of , a compendium of information on the history of Jews in Poland-Lithuania. The present index covers volumes 1-7, which were never indexed, and offers revised indexes for later volumes to provide comprehensive coverage of the subjects, organizations, places, and individuals discussed in the series so far. Includes two tables of contents, arranged by volume and historical period; an index of books reviewed; an index of contributors, itemizing their contributions from articles to obituaries; and a section of background notes giving information on contributors' affiliation and areas of interest. Two appendices supply a table of Polish history from the fourth century, and maps showing Poland from the tenth century to the present. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781874774709
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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