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2017 | 26 | 2 | 7-19
Article title

Chrzest Polski

Content
Title variants
EN
The Baptism of Poland
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
This paper is a historical reflection concerning the origins of the statehood of Poland. The author refers to a number of scientific studies and shows the meaning of baptism for the unity of the State of Mieszko I. It can be said that in the history there is no pre-Christian Poland, because it is this religion which became the bond of national identity of Polish people. In his study the author pointed out political sensitivity of the first sovereign of Poland. However, the decision to adopt the Christian religion was probably not motivated by political calculations but was the result of the personal conversion of the prince of the Western Polans. This statement seems to be rooted not only in the written sources but also in the non-verbal national tradition, expressed – for example – in some eminent artistic works. The author emphasizes that Christian Poland from the very beginning was distinguished from its neighbours by three essential elements: catholicity, republicanism and latinism. Those elements ensured that Christian universalism became one of the main characteristics of Poland. In the last part of the study the author focuses on mutual relations between the Church and Polish statehood and on the role which the Catholic faith played in the maintenance of the Polish national identity.
Year
Volume
26
Issue
2
Pages
7-19
Physical description
Contributors
  • Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
ISSN
1231-1634
YADDA identifier
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