It Is by Unrule That Poland Stands
Institutions and Political Thought in the Polish-Lithuanian Republic
By Dalibor Roháč
This article appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of The Independent Review
The Polish-Lithuanian Republic (15731795) presents a gold mine of research topics for classical-liberal historians, economists, and political scientists. The republic had several institutions that protected the nobilitys freedom and property, accommodated Polish societys religious and ideological diversity, and constrained the kings discretionary action, and it confirms Hayeks thesis that a free societys institutions depend largely on a favorable intellectual environment.
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