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Two Patriotisms? Opinions Of Townsmen And Soldiers On Duty To The Fatherland In Seventeenth-Century Poland

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In the Polish tradition the concept of patriotism, traditionally understood as "love of the fatherland," is inseparably linked with the nation, whereas "fatherland" and "nation" are regarded as "ideological communities joined by a system of attitudes". This chapter seeks to confront the understanding and perception of the patriotic phraseology and conduct of townsmen and soldiers-two groups of people living in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The main aims are: a) to compare the general findings of linguists and the results of historical research; b) to assess the impact of the conflict between townsmen and soldiers during the wars of the seventeenth century and how the antagonism of their basic values reflect their attitude to patriotism; and c) to test the commonly accepted thesis that the political dominance of the nobility meant a lack of alternative beliefs and attitudes, including the patriotic ones.

Keywords: fatherland; patriotism; Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth



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