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The Heritage of Polish Republicanism
The Heritage of Polish Republicanism

Author(s): Krzysztof Koehler
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polish Institute of Houston

Summary/Abstract: Polish republican thought is virtually unknown in the intellectual world of Western Europe and America. One cannot find any information about Polish political thought, let alone the Polish practice of republicanism in the works of such thinkers as Quentin Skinner or John Pocock—perhaps because its foundational works were written either in Latin or in Old Polish and have never been translated into modern European languages. Political writers began to use Polish in the mid-sixteenth century; before that the vernacular was used only when dealing with minor or inferior matters in the kingdom. The first politcal treatises in the Polish languages were the works of Stanisław Orzechowski (1564) and Marcin Kromer (1551); earlier, Latin was the language in which the Polish gentry (szlachta) expressed their political and sometimes private sentiments. In the sixteenth century Poland was one of the few countries in Europe where Latin was routinely taught in schools so that graduates acquired enough proficiency to communicate with each other in that tongue.

  • Issue Year: XXXII/2012
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 1658-1665
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English