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Citizen, Fatherland And Patriotism In The Political Discourse Of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

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To assert that the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had an incredibly diverse ethnic structure is a banality. Historical research to date has shown that it is indeed entirely justified to speak of patriotism during the era, a sense of sharing a common fatherland - at least as far as the noble society was concerned. While the words "patriotism" or "patriot" appeared in this discourse only at the outset of the eighteenth century, the problem of what attitudes and duties individuals possessed towards their fatherland had constituted one of the more important elements of political writings from as far back as the sixteenth century. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was considered an oasis of liberty. The connection between fatherland and liberty entailed a serious danger, one which would emerge at the end of the seventeenth century and throughout the eighteenth.

Keywords: common fatherland; patriotism; polish-Lithuanian commonwealth



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