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

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027755

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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. 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.

    • A contribution to the history of nation-building and the formation of national identity in early modern Europe
    • Expands greatly our knowledge of the largest state in east-central Europe, and early developments which led to Prussia's predominance in the modern era
    • Breaks down narrow nationalist views of Polish and Prussian-German history
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    • Joint winner of the Orbis book prize, The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Strong and original....impressively researched..." Central European 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

    "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

    "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

    "[The] book is well-written and tightly organized." The Historian

    "This ia an excellent and important study." Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027755
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The origins of royal Prussia
    3. Royal Prussia and urban life in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
    4. History, myth and historical identity
    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. Centre versus province: the royal Prussian cities during the Great Northern War
    9. Myths old and new: the royal Prussian enlightenment
    10. Conclusion

  • Author

    Karin Friedrich, University College London


    • Joint winner of the Orbis book prize, The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

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