- Title Pages
- Note on Place-Names
- Note on Transliteration
- The Sixtieth Anniversary of the Massacre in Jedwabne: Two Speeches Delivered in Jedwabne, 10 July 2001
- The Self-Perception of Lithuanian–Belarusian Jewry in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
- Jewish Rights of Residence in Cieszyn Silesia, 1742–1848
- The Jewish Community in the Grand Duchy of Poznań under Prussian Rule, 1815–1848
- Between Germans and Poles: The Jews of Poznań in 1848
- The Rabbinical Schools as Institutions of Socialization in Tsarist Russia, 1847–1873
- The Zhitomir Rabbinical School: New Materials and Perspectives
- Three Documents on Anti-Jewish Violence in the Eastern Kresy during the Polish–Soviet Conflict
- The Policies of the Sanacja on the Jewish Minority in Silesia, 1926–1939
- The Vilna Years of Jakub Rotbaum
Tsevorfene bleter: The Emergence of Yung Vilne
- Jewish Autonomy in Inter-WarLithuania: An Interview withYudl Mark
- The Transfer of Vilna District into Lithuania, 1939
- Jan Kazimierz University 1936–1939: A Memoir
My First Encounters with Jews and Ukrainians
Lithuania Honours a Holocaust Rescuer
- Notes on the Contributors
- (p.3) Introduction
- Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14
- Liverpool University Press
This introductory chapter briefly explores Jewish life and Polish nationhood within the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth up until the Second World War. The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth was a dual state, created in 1569 by the union of the kingdom of Poland with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was extremely heterogeneous in character. The history of Poland–Lithuania throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries raised the questions of who was a Pole and what should be the boundaries of the future Polish state. For the Polish political élite, there was no question that the goal was the reconstitution of the country within its 1772 frontiers. This created a new interest in documenting the ‘Polishness’ of the borderlands (kresy) of the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
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