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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 520: New Power, State's Integration, Transforming Society: The Example of Medieval Poland

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Sobiesław Szybkowski, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Moderator/Chair:Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Paper 520-aWar, Trade, Investments: The Process of Integration of Pomerania and Poland between the 10th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jędrzej Szerle, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 520-bReforms in Marriage Strategies of the Greater Polish Higher Nobility in Late Medieval Times, Late 14th to the Early 16th Century
(Language: English)
Witold Brzeziński, Institute of Pedagogy, Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy
Index terms: Anthropology, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 520-cHow Much Power to the King, How Much to the People?: Introduction of a New System of Government in Royal Prussia after 1454
(Language: English)
Sobiesław Szybkowski, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

Changing rulerships and incorporations of new territories have always led to social transformation. I propound to retrace those processes on a few examples from the history of medieval Poland. The programme of integration of Pomerania with the Kingdom of Poland (and its final effects), forcefully pursued by Polish rulers in the period of 10th-12th centuries, seems to be the case of utmost importance. However, we are also going to research some aspects of social history. This is going to be done by striving to show ways on which final reunification of the Kingdom of Poland in the first half of the 15th century gradually led magnates of Greater Poland to opening horizons of their marital policy beyond borders of the province, which in the Late Medieval Ages was one of the factors facilitating process of creation of the nationwide magnate elite. Another important topic seems to be a question of the degree, in which societies could gain more participation in government in circumstances offered by changing political situation. This problem is going to be explained on the example of a new system of territorial administration introduced in Royal Prussia after incorporating the province to the Kingdom of Poland in 1454.