Was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a failed state?

“Was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a failed state?” – a provocative question indeed! The three partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – in 1772, 1793 and 1795 – seem to support the narrative that this ‘failed state’ was put out of its misery by its better governed neighbors – the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and…


CALL FOR PAPERS: Recovering Europe’s Parliamentary Culture, 1500-1700: Concepts, Methods, Approaches

Political consultative assemblies, common in late medieval monarchies throughout Europe, faced transformative changes between 1500 and 1700. Parliaments, States, Estates, Diets, Cortes varied tremendously in their organization, customs, and functions. Yet they shared a transnational inheritance of ideas and methods of deliberation, consultation and representation that added up to a common European tradition. The interdisciplinary…




Beyond the Lens – The Polish Community from South London

Since Poland’s accession to the European Union in May 2004, Poles have become the largest foreign-born population in the UK. But what does the British public know about them, apart from the pre-conception that they are good workers? They are of course much more than that. They are doctors, engineers, artists, scientists and academics. Their…


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