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The Other Prussia - Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772
The Other Prussia - Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772


 
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This reissued paperback 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 1772/93, and its major cities Danzig, Thorn and Elbing.

As an integral part of the Polish state (a constitutional and elective monarchy) the Prussian estates took pride in their separate institutions and extensive legal and economic priviledges.  Although its urban elites, after the Reformation, were predominantly Protestant and German speaking, far from identifying with Germany they used history to formulate a republican identity which was deliberately hostile to the competing monarchical-dynastic myth in neighboring Ducal Prussia, ruled by the Brandenberg-Hohenzollerns from 1618.  After 1700, the Polish crown increasingly antagonized the Prussian burghers by its centralising policies and 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.

Table of Contents:

 1)  Introduction
 2)  The Origins of Royal Prussia
 3)  Royal Prussia and Urban Life in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
 4)  History, Myth and Historical Indentity
 5)  Political Identity in the Cities of Royal Prussia and the Meaning of Liberty (1650-1720)
 6)  Loyalty in Times of War
 7)  Divergence: The Construction of Rival Prussian Identities
 8)  Center Versus Province: The Royal Prusssian Cities During the Great Nothern War
 9)  Myths Old and New: The Royal Prussian Enlightenment
10) Conclusion

Also included:  Gazetteer, Glosary, List of Abbreviations, (2) Maps, Bibliography and Index
Features
  • Softcover
  • 284 pages
  • Size 6" x 9" - (15cm x 23cm)


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