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The other Prussia : Royal Prussia, Poland and liberty, 1569-1772 /
Karin Friedrich.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2000.
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xix, 280 p. : ill.
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0521583357
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2000.
isbn
0521583357
catalogue key
3527434
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Friedrich's book is an excellent discussion of political theory and intellectual history that brings in new material and a valuable perspective." The Polish Review
"In this excellent book, Karin Friedrich argues convincingly that early modern Prussians were neither Germans nor Poles...[but] a community of citizens who embraced the constitutional agenda of the multinational [Polish-Lithuanian] Commonwealth." American Historical Review
"Strong and original....impressively researched..." Central European History
"[The] book is well-written and tightly organized." The Historian
"This ia an excellent and important study." Journal of Modern History
'This sensitive and intelligent recuperation of one of history's lost causes offers a poignant variation on the standard narrative of European nationalism.' German History
'This sensitive and intelligent recuperation of one of history's lost causes offers a poignant variation on the standard narrative of European nationalism.'German History
‘This sensitive and intelligent recuperation of one of history’s lost causes offers a poignant variation on the standard narrative of European nationalism.’German History
"This study represents a significant contribution to the current discussion of identity formation and the almost peripheral role that language played in the prerevolutionary era." Slavic Review, Vol. 60
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This text provides a study of national identity in Royal Prussia - the 'other Prussia', part of the Polish stage from 1454 to 1793.
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This book focuses on the history of Royal Prussia - the ‘other Prussia’ - which was part of the Polish state from 1454 to 1793. Analysing the rivalry between the multi national, constitutionalist Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its dynastic neighbour Brandenburg-Prussia, it contributes to our understanding of nation-building and the formation of national identity.
Description for Bookstore
This book focuses on the history of Royal Prussia - the 'other Prussia' - which was part of the Polish state from 1454 to 1793. Analysing the rivalry between the multi national, constitutionalist Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its dynastic neighbour Brandenburg-Prussia, it contributes to our understanding of nation-building and the formation of national identity.
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This book focuses on the history of Royal Prussia--the 'other Prussia'--which was part of the Polish state from 1454 to 1793. It studies the complex relationship between Germans and Slavs in the Polish-Prussian borderlands, and demonstrates the importance of national and historical myth-making for power politics. Analysing the rivalry between the multi-national, constitutionalist Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its centralised, dynastic neighbour Brandenburg-Prussia, this study contributes to our understanding of the process of early modern nation-building and the formation of national identity.
Main Description
This book considers the phenomenon of nation-building before the age of modern nationalism. It focuses on royal (Polish) Prussia - the 'other' Prussia - a province of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1466 to 1772/3, and its major cities Danzig, Thorn and Elbing. As an integral part of the Polish state the Prussian estates took pride in their separate institutions and privileges. Although its urban elites became predominantly Protestant and German-speaking, they formulated a republican identity deliberately hostile to the competing monarchical-dynastic myth in neighbouring ducal Prussia, ruled by the Brandenburg-Hohenzollerns from 1618. After 1700, the Polish crown increasingly antagonized the Prussian burghers by its centralizing policies and its failure to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth's borders. The decline of Poland and the partitions of 1772'93 guaranteed that it was not the tradition of liberty but the Hohenzollern version of Prussian identity that survived into the modern era. Joint winner of the Orbis book prize, The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Main Description
This book considers the phenomenon of nation-building before the age of modern nationalism. It focuses on royal (Polish) Prussia - the 'other' Prussia - a province of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1466 to 1772/3, and its major cities Danzig, Thorn and Elbing. As an integral part of the Polish state the Prussian estates took pride in their separate institutions and privileges. Although its urban elites became predominantly Protestant and German-speaking, they formulated a republican identity deliberately hostile to the competing monarchical-dynastic myth in neighbouring ducal Prussia, ruled by the Brandenburg-Hohenzollerns from 1618. After 1700, the Polish crown increasingly antagonized the Prussian burghers by its centralizing policies and its failure to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth's borders. The decline of Poland and the partitions of 1772-93 guaranteed that it was not the tradition of liberty but the Hohenzollern version of Prussian identity that survived into the modern era. Joint winner of the Orbis book prize, The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Main Description
This book focuses on the history of Royal Prussia--the "other Prussia"--which was part of the Polish state from 1454 to 1793. It studies the complex relationship between Germans and Slavs in the Polish-Prussian borderlands, and demonstrates the importance of national and historical myth-making for power politics. Analyzing the rivalry between the multinational, constitutionalist Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its centralized, dynastic neighbor Brandenburg-Prussia, this study contributes to our understanding of the process of early modern nation-building and the formation of national identity.
Table of Contents
Preface
Gazetteer
Glossary
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
The origins of royal Prussia
Royal Prussia and urban life in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
History, myth and historical identity
Political identity in the cities of royal Prussia and the meaning of liberty (1650-1720)
Loyalty in times of war
Divergence: the construction of rival Prussian identities
Centre versus province: the royal Prussian cities during the Great Northern War
Myths old and new: the royal Prussian enlightenment
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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