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The Commonwealth And Monarchia Mixta In Polish And English Political Thought In The Later Sixteenth Century

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There is no doubt that early modern Polish political thought differed considerably from the doctrines and ideologies prevalent in other parts of Europe. The concepts of rzeczpospolita and monarchia mixta developed in two different political systems. In Poland in the course of the sixteenth century the monarch was gradually overshadowed by the body politic and the law as an instrument of its power. The specific conditions of Poland-Lithuania produced a type of political culture which makes a comparison with ideologies prevailing elsewhere difficult. However, it has not been stressed strongly enough that despite its peculiarities Polish political thought contained themes and ideas easily detectable even in distant England. The comparison between theory and practice of two concepts prominent in both Polish and English political thought is by no means complete and it serves mostly as an overview of certain threads present in early modern political and constitutional thought.

Keywords: England; English Political thought; monarchia mixta; Poland; Polish political thought; rzeczpospolita

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