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Polenfreundschaft
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The term Polenfreundschaft (German “Poland Friendship”) was a phase (between 1830 and 1848) of intensive contacts between Western European, specifically German democratic and liberal forces and Poland, and signals the spirit of sympathy between these parties. The term, coined at the time, constructed an idealized community of struggle and destiny with the Poles. However, Polish hopes – reviving in the wake of the Congress of Vienna (1814/15) – for the restoration of their nation state, which had been wiped off the map in the late 18th century in the three Partitions (Poland, Part…

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Hein-Kircher, Heidi, “Polenfreundschaft”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025648>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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