Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni: Z dziejów Rusinów narodowości polskiej w Galicji


Adam Świątek
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland


Polish historians and political leaders have often used the term gente Rutheni, natione Poloni to characterize figures of Ruthenian/Ukrainian descent who viewed themselves as part of a Polish political or national community. The duality and hybridity of theses figures’ identity have excluded them from traditional Polish and Ukrainian national narratives. Adam Świątek has given us the first fully encompassing work examining the persons, organizations, and ideologies of this group from the end of the eighteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on a thorough examination of sources and literature, his monograph provides a nuanced account of how the concept and group were transformed and functioned in Habsburg Galicia. The volume is essential reading for all those interested in Polish- Ukrainian relations and those who wish to study varying national identities and historical concepts in the Galician crownland over the long nineteenth century. By undertaking an examination of a concept and group that did not succeed with the advent of modern nationalism, he enriches our understanding of the Habsburg world and modern Polish and Ukrainian nationhood.


  • Wstęp .......... 9
  • Rozdział I. Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni w świetle pojęć .......... 33
  • Rozdział II. Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni – charakterystyka formacji .......... 51
  • Rozdział III. Ruś w świadomości historycznej Polaków .......... 103
  • Rozdział IV. Od oświeceniowego centralizmu do romantycznego braterstwa ludów .......... 147
  • Rozdział V. Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni w dobie Wiosny Ludów .......... 187
  • Rozdział VI. Rusini w okresie powrotu absolutyzmu i powstania styczniowego .......... 249
  • Rozdział VII. Gente Rutheni, natione Poloni u władzy .......... 295
  • Rozdział VIII. Manifestowanie idei .......... 341
  • Rozdział IX. Przemiany ideowe i świadomościowe Polaków i Rusinów w ostatnich dekadach XIX i początkach XX wieku .......... 389
  • Podsumowanie .......... 433
  • Bibliografia .......... 443
  • Spis ilustracji .......... 479
  • Indeks osobowy .......... 481


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Author Biography

Adam Świątek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

is an assistant professor in the Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. He is also the author of numerous articles in the field of modern Polish and Ukrainian history and of a book on Jan Matejko and the Ruthenians ("Lach serdeczny". Jan Matejko a Rusini, Cracow 2013).

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June 18, 2014

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