UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


POSTPONED: Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski: Inaugural Lecture

21 March 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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SSEES is extremely sorry to announce that unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we need to postpone the Inaugural Lecture 'In Search of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth' by Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski until the academic year 2022/23.

This event is free.

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins Building
Gower Street

In English, the largest state of early modern east-central Europe is usually called the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Polish and Lithuanian versions mean the Republic of the Two Nations (implicitly – Polish and Lithuanian), but this is a relatively recent usage among historians. This elusively named polity, conventionally dated 1569-1795, is often judged by the fact of its dismemberment by the absolute monarchies of Russia, Prussia and Austria. However, a brisk pursuit of the terms Rzeczpospolita (Commonwealth or Republic) and Obojga Narodów (of the Two Nations) reveals much about the composition and enduring values of this remarkable community of citizens.

A drinks reception to follow after the Inaugural Lecture in North Cloisters.

This event will be taking place in-person and also live-streamed via the UCL YouTube channel. Please make sure to register your attendance. 

Image credit: Szlachta in costumes of the Voivodeships of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Wikimedia

About the Speaker

Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski

Professor of Polish-Lithuanian History at SSEES

Richard Butterwick (since 2012 Butterwick-Pawlikowski) studied History at Cambridge, gained his DPhil. at Oxford, and was awarded his DLitt. by the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has taught at SSEES since 2005, becoming Professor of Polish-Lithuanian History in 2013. His principal books are Poland’s Last King and English Culture (1998), The Polish Revolution and the Catholic Church (2012), The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1733-1795: Light and Flame (2020) and The Constitution of 3 May 1791: Testament of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (2021).

Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski
*Headshot: Credit to Maciej Sikorski of the Biblioteka Narodowa in Warsaw
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