Unintended Affinities

Nineteenth-Century German and Polish Historians on the Holy Roman Empire and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Historian Adam Kożuchowski has once again demonstrated his mastery of the ‘decline and fall’ historiography of defunct Central and East-Central European states. This learned yet elegantly written comparison of the doubts, dreams, and designs of nineteenth-century German and Polish historians smarting after the demise of their respective polities—the Holy Roman Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth—is doubly enlightening.
Patrice M. Dabrowski, author of Poland: The First Thousand Years

Unintended Affinities examines the ways in which German and Polish historians of the nineteenth-century regarded the Holy Roman Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The book parallels how historians approached the old Reich and the Commonwealth within the framework of their national history. Kożuchowski analyzes how German and Polish nationalistic historians, who played central roles in propagandizing a glorious past that justified a centralized modern state, struggled with how to portray the very decentralized and multi-ethnic empires that preceded their time.

256 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

May, 2019

isbn : 9780822986577

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Adam Kozuchowski

Adam Kozuchowski is assistant professor at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw.

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