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- September 6, 2011 at 2:28 am #342115
In this video editorial by Norman Davies, the historian states that the great Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is a precedent of the current United States in that both have elected leadership and many cultures and religions within their respective borders. Lastly, he concludes by saying that Poland's current ethnically homogenous state is "unnatural."
Thoughts? He is right that Poland was mixed before, but I am pretty sure many Poles today would not like the idea nor would Polish neighbors want to be subject directly to Poland again!September 6, 2011 at 8:18 am #362331
It is not correct to compare Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth with USA demographically.
PLC had very tolerant views towards minorities that moved to Poland or were living in their native homelands Eastward (until Szlachta's power went to their heads) and allowed minorities to carry on living as they would be in their homes, with total freedom.
However, Catholic Church was still first and foremost authority in Poland, which did draw divides between peoples of different faiths. They lived separate from each other, segregated, forming what is called today "cultural salad".
In USA, integration is one of central agendas of minorities and there is etonym "American", which is citizenship that anyone can claim on US soil, while in PLC everyone was either Polish, Jewish, German, Ruthenian or Lithuanian, and not one nationality as Americans can claim. This means there are no barriers, forming what is called today "cultural melting pot".
Difference between two concepts? Short summary, "cultural salad" (PLC) means many different cultures living in country seperate from each other, while "cultural melting pot" means many cultures integrating together under common citizenship/"nationality".
Also, it is unfair to call Poland's homogeneity "unnatural". Back then PLC was empire, which by definition is multi-ethnic, while today it is nation state of Polish people. If anything, it should be honogenous, like other nation states worldwide.September 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm #362332
You make some fair points. The PLC is a great part of history, but it should remain history. A confederation of Slavic nations today, as opposed to the old style empire, would be much better. And Poland is the most ethnically homogenous country in Europe. I hope Poland doesn't get swamped with immigrants. As things improve, and the country starts to look better and better, there should be anticipation of immigration and a policy drawn up.
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