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Republican And Monarchical Patriotism In Polish Political Thought During The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment was a period during which the multi-dimensional shape of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was under threat and indeed eventually collapsed. This chapter presents an analysis which helps to understand the logic of patriotic discourse during the Enlightenment, focusing on Polish political thought between the 1730s and the 1790s. It analyzes the idea of patriotism during the Enlightenment in terms of a process of transition between different cultural structures. The philosophical bases of the idea of patriotism in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the first half of the eighteenth century were fairly uniform. Patriotism was also to be triggered by means of rewards and punishments. The patriotism of the period of the Saxon dynasty was still a moralistic patriotism linking republican and royalist motifs. One of the main modality of the idea of patriotism during the last thirty years of the First Republic was monarchism.

Keywords: monarchical patriotism; Polish political thought; Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; republican patriotism



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