Obywatele i obywatelskość w wielonarodowej Rzeczypospolitej

Translated title of the contribution: Citizens and Citizenship in a multi-national Commonwealth

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The chapter analysis through primary sources from political treatises, parliamentary speeches and protocols, correspondence and diaries, the theoretical definition and practical approach to citizenship in the noble-dominated Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A special emphasis is being put here on non-noble citizens claiming membership in the civic society of the Commonwealth (burghers, Cossacks, Jews), and the differences in these approaches and civic political behaviour in the various territorial parts of the Commonwealth, often deeply influenced by different religions (Orthodox Ruthenia, Protestants and Catholic in Lithuania and Royal Prussia, Catholic domination in the core territories of the Crown of Poland, etc.). The book itself endeavours to put the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth into a wider European perspective.
The book was double-peer-reviewed by Professors Bogdan Szlachta and Andrzej Zakrzewski.
Original languageOther
Title of host publicationWartości polityczne Rzeczypospoltej Obojga narodów
Subtitle of host publicationStruktury aksjologiczne i granice cywilizacyjne
EditorsAlina Nowicka-Jeżowa, Jerzy Axer, Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz
Place of PublicationWarsaw
PublisherWydawnicto Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9788323527817, 9788323521471
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Publication series

NameKultura Pierwszej Rzeczypospolitej w dialogu z Europą. Hermeneutyka wartości
PublisherUniversity of Warsaw


  • The history of political ideas
  • Poland-Lithuania
  • Citizenship
  • Early Modern
  • Nobility
  • Political nation

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    Friedrich, K. (2017). Obywatele i obywatelskość w wielonarodowej Rzeczypospolitej. In A. Nowicka-Jeżowa, J. Axer, & A. Grześkowiak-Krwawicz (Eds.), Wartości polityczne Rzeczypospoltej Obojga narodów: Struktury aksjologiczne i granice cywilizacyjne (first ed., Vol. one, pp. 119-150). [4] (Kultura Pierwszej Rzeczypospolitej w dialogu z Europą. Hermeneutyka wartości; Vol. 3). Wydawnicto Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.