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In: Publishing Subversive Texts in Elizabethan England and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
This book is available in Open Access thanks to the generous support of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Defining the Identity of the Younger Europe launches an eye-opening journey into emerging cultures and civilizations of the “Younger Europe” — Byzantine-Slavic and Scandinavian territories — from the fall of Constantinople (1453) to the dawn of the Industrial Age.
Defining the Identity of the Younger Europe gathers studies that shed new light on the rich tapestry of early modern “Younger Europe” — Byzantine-Slavic and Scandinavian territories. It unearths the multi-dimensional aspects of the period, revealing the formation and transformation of nations that shared common threads, the establishment of political systems, and the enduring legacies of religious movements. Immersive, enlightening, and thought-provoking, the book promises to be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the complexities of early modern Europe. This collection does not just retell history; it provokes readers to rethink it.

Contributors include: Giovanna Brogi, Piotr Chmiel,Karin Friedrich, Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz, Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee, Robert Aleksander Maryks, Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin, Maciej Ptaszyński, Paul Shore, and Frank E. Sysyn.
In: Defining the Identity of the Younger Europe
The RPYES series of short survey monographs offers the most recent interdisciplinary and comparative research on the early modern history of the diverse cultures that make up “younger Europe.” The series discusses key historiographical questions, and acquaints scholars with primary sources and the existing scholarship in order to indicate new perspectives for further investigations. Thus, the volumes in this series are both an invaluable reference for scholars wishing to draw on the latest research as well as a helpful resource for teaching.
The series covers those European peoples that—due to their relatively late Christianization around 1000 CE—entered the Greco–Roman orbit with the burden of several centuries of delay. They defined their identities both in the context of their new civilizational aspirations and a strong sense of otherness. We call them “the younger Europe,” borrowing the term from Jerzy Kłoczowski, although we define this geo-political space with a wider perspective than the eminent Polish historian had by referring to the mental mapping, which was distinctive of early modernity and which juxtaposed the classical-humanistic South with the mysterious and “barbarian” North. The Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment led to essential re-orientation of this cognitive map and contributed to the creation of yet another civilizational opposition: East–-West. As we find the latter construct anachronistic, we refrain from it by defining “the younger Europe” as the vast Scandinavian–Baltic–Slavic–Hungarian–Balkan part of the continent without underplaying the specificity of its cultures that emerged between the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the rise of industrial societies at the dawn of the nineteenth century.

Forthcoming titles in 2023-2024

Radosław Grześkowiak (Gdańsk), Emblems in Poland-Lithuania (16th–18th cent.)

Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee et alii, The Identity of the Younger Europe

László Kontler (Budapest), Science and the Enlightenments in the Younger Europe

Margarita Korzo (Moscow), Earliest Catechisms in Poland-Lithuania

Katarzyna Meller (Poznań), Vernacular Psalters in Poland-Lithuania

Dainora Pociūtė-Abukevičienė (Vilnius), Early Reformation in Lithuania

Peter Sjökvist (Uppsala), Book Culture and The Swedish Conquests in the Baltic Region