Britain and Poland-Lithuania: Contact and Comparison from by Richard Unger, Jakub Basista

By Richard Unger, Jakub Basista

In twenty-four papers students from Europe and North the USA study quite a few facets of the economies, politics and tradition of england and Poland-Lithuania from the center a while right down to the 3rd Partition. The similarities among the 2 likely diversified areas are as marvelous because the long-standing connections among the British Isles and East primary Europe. advertisement ties have been complemented via migration and by means of cultural alternate with writers, philosophers and artists in either areas taking an curiosity within the different. In sections dedicated to faith and toleration, exchange, diasporas, political idea, and stereotypes between others the authors current a brand new and unforeseen heritage of the connection among states which politically as much as 1795 went in contrary instructions. individuals are: Richard Butterwick, Nils Hybel, Wendy Childs, Maryanne Kowaleski, Stanka Kuzmova, Sarah Layfield, Richard D Oram, Emilia Jamroziak, Piotr Guzowski, Derek Keene, Tomasz Gromelski, Pawel Rutkowski, Benedict Wagner-Rundell, John Fudge, Brian Levack, Beata Cieszynska, Waldemar Kowalski, Arthur H. Williamson, M.St. Almut Hillebrand, Peter Paul Bajer, Roisin Healy, Dariusz Rolnik, Jan Wolenski, Aleksandra Koutny-Jones.

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24 Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, ch. 5. 25 The Polish concept of liberty is magisterially explained by Grześkowiak-Krwawicz, Regina libertas. 26 Rostworowski, “Czasy saskie,” p. 370. indd xxxviii 3/13/2008 8:05:47 PM taking stock—looking forward xxxix that of naczelnik—head or chief, and in 1920 saved his country if not Europe from the Red Army, showed his impatience with the quarrels of parliamentary democracy in his coup of 1926. 27 Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain avoided any comparable experience of foreign domination, and the uncomfortable political and moral dilemmas it brought.

143–51; Heckscher, Mercantilism, pp. 383, 413, 437–39; Willan, Studies in Elizabethan foreign trade, pp. 47–48. I owe these and the following reference to the kindness of Richard Unger. 8 Christensen, Dutch trade to the Baltic, p. 361. indd xxxiii 3/13/2008 8:05:46 PM xxxiv richard butterwick Dutch vessels, as British demand rose for both naval stores and grain from the Baltic. Almut Hillebrand’s contribution shows that Gdańsk continued to dominate Polish-British trading links in the eighteenth century.

Eventually, in 1525 the Prussian lands were divided between Royal or Polish Prussia to the west, and Ducal Prussia to the east, a secularized fief of the Polish Crown after the dissolution of the Ordernstaat. The Royal Prussian elites always insisted that their province was in voluntary union with the Polish Crown, and not subjected to it. 6 The first exchanges between the British and Polish lands were economic. It is not clear when they started, but until the twelfth century they were limited, mostly conducted by German and Danish intermediaries.

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