CfA, Acta Poloniae Historica 116 issue: The wealth of diversity – inter-religious and inter-confessional contacts in Central and East-Central Europe in the early modern era

Religious, confessional, and ethnic variety was a common trait in most societies of Central-Eastern Europe. Fifty years after the publication of Janusz Tazbir's influential book, A State Without Stakes, the Editorial Board of Acta Poloniae Historica is planning the release of a special issue devoted to Central and East-Central Europe, perceived as a space of inter-confessional and inter-religious contacts, in the early modern era.

The study by Janusz Tazbir, focused on the "Polish tolerance," was highly inspiring, yet also controversial. Today, after three decades of discussion on the processes of confessionalization, it is obvious that the notion of tolerance is not sufficient to describe the complex problems related to cohabitation and coexistence of different religious groups. At the same time, the realities of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth which inspired Tazbir's work were neither entirely unique nor typical as a model for settling mutual relations between different confessional and religious groups. Having the aim to revive the discussion once provoked by Tazbir's book, the Editorial Board of the APH encourages scholars and other interested persons to submit articles, or proposals for articles (abstracts), focused on the relations between cultures, religions and confessions in Central and East-Central Europe in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. We are interested in both monographic texts based on new source material and/or discussing hitherto unexplored issues, and theoretical studies formulated using different methodological approaches for studies into religious and ethnic variety. Our volume will be geographically focused on East-Central Europe as broadly understood; we are especially interested in approaches comparing various models of coexistence between ethnic groups, cultural formations, religions and confessions in this part of Europe. The floor for discussion will be open to historians and representatives of other humanity disciplines as well.
Proposed issues:
We are especially interested in:
- revisiting such notions and terms as tolerance, religious differentiation, religious martyrdom, and religious wars;
- analyzing the spheres of mutual contacts and influences in the fields of politics, economy, and intellectual and religious discourse;
- comparing the images of religious and confessional variety to be found in Eastern and Western Europe, and their interrelations and mutual perceptions;
- examinations of everyday life in local communities that were characterized by religious or ethnic diversity, e.g. micro-historical studies focused on the practices of tolerance in the everyday life of "common people";
- finding new methodological inspirations useful for studying cultural, ethnic and religious coexistence;
- specific issues, such as the cult of new saints and new religious martyrs in the early modern era; reception of religious wars in Central and East-Central Europe; tumults and religious persecutions.

The Editorial Board invites all interested persons to send – in English or in Polish – abstracts or articles devoted to the above subjects as well as longer review articles and short reviews of relevant publications by January 31st, 2017 to: The final versions of those articles whose abstracts have been accepted should be sent by April 30th, 2017. Generally the articles should not exceed 30 standard pages (1800 characters with spaces = one page).


Hanna Kordowicz
IH PAN im. Tadeusza Manteuffla, Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31, 00-272 Warszawa