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Creator: Butterwick-Pawlikowski, Richard

Title: Tadeusz Kościuszko, Poland-Lithuania and the Age of Atlantic Revolutions

DOI: 10.15457/frictions/0017


Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, a leading expert on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and ScienceCampus visiting fellow in July 2022, explores how attempts to sustain an economic, cultural, intellectual and ultimately political revival of this state was linked to the central ideas of the age of Atlantic revolutions and Enlightenment. He focuses on the figure of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a military engineer and colonel who contributed to the US-American victory, before leading an insurrection in Poland that was eventually put down before the state finally partitioned. The text explores the intersections of Kościuszko’s anti-slavery efforts with efforts to end serfdom in Central and Eastern Europe. Just as his efforts to restore Poland were thwarted, Kościuszko’s will to support slave emancipation was posthumously denied by his supporters in Europe and America. Still, his legacy as a symbol of the fight for liberty lives on in Belarus, where he was born.

Date of publication: 2022-08-10

URL: https://frictions.europeamerica.de/research-notes-butterwick-pawlikowski-tadeusz-kosciuszko-poland-lithuania-age-of-atlantic-revolutions/

Subjects: Belarus, Butterwick-Pawlikowski, Kościuszko, Poland-Lithuania, emancipation, history, revolution, slavery, transatlantic, visiting fellow

Section: Research Notes

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