Bronislaw Geremek Visiting Fellow
(September 2010 – June 2011)
The Concept of Civic Duty in Early Modern Eastern and Western Europe
The main aim of the project is to comparatively examine the social and political thought and political culture in polities representing both the East and the West of Europe with special emphasis on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the lands of the Holy Roman Empire and England. Its particular focus is the concept of civic duty, which features so prominently in early modern and modern political discourse. It can be seen as a pinnacle of the sixteenth—and seventeenth—century ruling classes‘ social and political ideology and as a pivotal element of their world-view, and yet remains regrettably under-researched and sidelined in favour of other topics.