Liberty and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita)


Conferees examined the unique tradition of liberty that developed in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (the Rzeczpospolita) and how this history can inform our broader understanding of republican liberty.


Conference Readings

Biskupski, M. B. and J. S. Pula, eds. Polish Democratic Thought from the Renaissance to the Great Emigration: Essays and Documents. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.

Rau, Z., et al., eds. Magna Carta: A Central European Perspective of Our Common Heritage of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Segel, H. B., eds. Political Thought in Renaissance Poland: An Anthology in English. New York: Piasa Books, 2003.

Burke, Edmond. The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke. Edited by Paul Langford and William Todd. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

New Constitution of the Government of Poland, established by the Revolution of the Third of May. London: N.P., 1791.

Adams, John. The Works of John Adams, Volume 6. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1851. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2104/159949 (accessed October 21, 2009).

Brzeziński, Marek. The Struggle for Constitutionalism in Poland. London: Palgrave, 2000.

Frost, Robert. The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Goslicki, Wawrzyniec. The Accomplished Senator. Farmington Hills: Gale ECCO, 2010.

Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz, Anna, “Golden Liberty–a noble privilege or universal idea?” In Queen Liberty: The Concept of Freedom in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, edited by Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz, 25-41. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Kołłątaj, H. Prawo polityczne narodu polskiego czyli układ rządu Rzeczypospolitej (Political rule of the Polish nation or the structure of the government of Rzeczpospolita). Warszawa: N.P., 1790.

Konarski, S. O skutecznym rad sposobie albo o utrzymywanie ordynaryjnych seymow (On the means to successful counsels). Warszawa: N.P., 1923.

Lukowski, Jerzy. “Recasting Utopia: Rousseau, Montesquieu and the Polish Constitution of 3 May 1791.” The Historical Journal 37, no. 1 (1994): 65-87.

Opalinski, Lukasz. Obrona Polski przeciw Janowi Barcleyowi (The Defense of Poland against John Barcley). Lwow: Biblioteka Pisarzy Polskich, 1921.

Rousseau, Jean Jacques. “Considerations on the Government of Poland.” Constitution Society. http://www.constitution.org/jjr/poland.htm (January 3, 2018).

Starowolski, Szymon. Reformacya Obyczajów Polskich. Krakow: Biblioteka Polska, 1859.

Staszic, S. Przestrogi dla Polski (Admonitions for Poland). Warszawa: N.P., 1790.

Wagner-Rundell, Benedict, “Liberty, Virtue and the Chosen People: British and Polish Republicanism in the Early Eighteenth Century” In Britain and Poland-Lithuania: Contact and Comparison from the Middle Ages to 1795, edited by R. Unger, 197-216. Leiden: Brill, 2008.