Serdecznie zapraszamy na wykład Pana Prof. Waldemara Kowalskiego "Caledonian Commonwealth: The Scots Diaspora in Poland-Lithuania" (8 czerwca 2021 roku o godz. 20.00):
>>Learn about the Scottish community in 15th and 16th century Poland-Lithuania with expert Prof. Waldemar Kowalski, Jan Kochanowski University
About this event
While modern Scotland contains tens of thousands of Polish citizens and people of Polish descent, travel between the two nations has not always flowed in a westerly direction.
From the medieval period to the seventeenth century, large numbers of Scots made new lives for themselves in Poland and Lithuania, many working as merchants and mercenaries: some became wealthy and powerful figures, such as the trader Robert Gordon, wine merchant Robert Porteous and the Mayor of Warsaw Alexander Chalmers. The descendants of these Scottish immigrants still live in Poland today, and they are immortalised in graveyards, family names and the names of towns and districts.
Learn more about this community of immigrants, pedlars, entrepreneurs and soldiers of fortune – who they were, where they settled, and how they lived in the multicultural Rzeczpospolita (shetch-poss-POLLY-ta / Commonwealth) - in this English-language online lecture by Professor Waldemar Kowalski.
Short lecture (around 45-50 minutes), followed by Q and A, delivered over Zoom.
Prof. Waldemar Kowalski (Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland) is a historian, an early modernist with interests in Church and Reformation history and the emigration from Scotland to Poland-Lithuania in the 16th-17th centuries. He has published extensively on early modern Jewish-Christian relations, popular religiosity ca. 1500-1750 and on Scottish settlement in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His major publication in the latter field is The Great Immigration: Scots in Cracow and Little Poland, circa 1500-1660 (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2016).<<
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