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Four-Year Sejm
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From 1788 to 1792 the parliament of nobles of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth met continuously in Warsaw, in order to enact fundamental political and economic reform. Known as the Four-Year Sejm (Pol.; Sejm Czteroletni) or the Great Sejm (Pol.; Sejm Wielki), the congress adopted the first modern constitution in Europe on May 3, 1791. Although the legal status of Jews played a rather minor role in the sessions, and was not affected by the constitution, nevertheless the Four-Year Sejm constitutes a cesura in the history of Jews in…

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Bartal, Israel, “Four-Year Sejm”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0976>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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