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

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By Richard Unger, Jakub Basista

In twenty-four papers students from Europe and North the US learn a number of facets of the economies, politics and tradition of england and Poland-Lithuania from the center a long time all the way down to the 3rd Partition. The similarities among the 2 doubtless various areas are as incredible because the long-standing connections among the British Isles and East significant Europe. advertisement ties have been complemented via migration and by way of cultural trade with writers, philosophers and artists in either areas taking an curiosity within the different. In sections dedicated to faith and toleration, exchange, diasporas, political thought, and stereotypes between others the authors current a brand new and unforeseen background 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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At the close of that century Danish-Prussian trade relations had developed to such an extent that the Prussian towns enjoyed commercial privileges in Denmark on equal terms with the Wendish towns. Thus there is every probability that Denmark was a transit market for Anglo-Polish commodity exchange in the thirteenth century and beyond. After the founding of the German-Prussian towns in the 1230s indirect commercial contacts between Poland and England via the Wendish towns are perhaps even more plausible.

The kingdom’s political structures and culture matured as kings sought partners in the nobility, especially when their native Lithuania faced a severe challenge from Muscovy at the turn of the fifteenth century. The English Parliament had emerged earlier, in the late thirteenth century, but had developed more slowly and intermittently. Even so the political culture and institutions of sixteenth-century Poland and England were in many respects comparable. Socio-economic structures diverged, but in the sixteenth century at least, the rural population generally lived no worse in Poland-Lithuania than in the British kingdoms.

3 1 Campbell, The Anglo-Saxon State; Hastings, The Construction of Nationhood, chs. 1–2. Here I beg to differ with Nils Hybel below. 2 See Stanka Kuzmová’s paper. 3 Wyrozumski, Historia Polski, pp. 137–38. Samsonowicz, “Do roku 1506,” pp. 82–97. The case for early senses of nationhood in medieval Europe is made persuasively by Zientara, Świt narodów europejskich. indd xxx 3/13/2008 8:05:46 PM taking stock—looking forward xxxi The gap between England and Poland in terms of power, population and wealth closed during the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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