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Author Lukowski, Jerzy

Title Disorderly liberty : the political culture of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the eighteenth century / Jerzy Lukowski
Published London ; New York : Continuum, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xii, 349 pages) : map
Series Continuum studies in Central and East European history
Continuum studies in Eastern European history.
Contents Preface; Abbreviations; A note on Polish pronunciation; 1 The Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania: an introductory survey; 2 Ancestral legacies; 3 The search for harmony; 4 Keeping the faith; 5 Towards successful counsels; 6 Confrontations with the Enlightenment: Felix Czacki and the Monitor, 1765, and the Zamoyski law code, 1780; 7 Foreign aid; 8 Marking time; 9 Ferment; 10 Judaica; 11 Towards new Utopias; Epilogue; Appendix: The Constitution of 3 May 1791; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary During the eighteenth century Europe's republics may have been an integral part of the international scene, but they were marginalised or in decline. When, in 1772, the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania suffered a massive loss of territory to its three more powerful neighbours, Russia, Prussia and Austria, Edmund Burke's question 'Poland was but a breakfast ... where will they dine?' was asked across the continent's lesser states, republics and non-republics alike. The slow, almost inevitable, process of Poland's digestion may have contributed to the relative ease with which that process was acce
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 18th century.
Civilization, Modern.
Politics and government
SUBJECT Poland -- Civilization -- To 1795.
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1572-1763.
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1796-1918.
Subject Poland.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781441145802