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Hearts, Minds, and Self-Governance: Cooperation and Coercion in the Evolution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

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dc.contributor.advisor Wagner, Richard E.
dc.contributor.author Podemska-Mikluch, Marta
dc.creator Podemska-Mikluch, Marta
dc.date 2012-07-24
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-08T14:17:22Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2012-10-08T14:17:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-08
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/7954
dc.description.abstract The 1569 union between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania established the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - the most populous and largest state in 16th century Europe. Two hundred years later neither Lithuania nor Poland were to be found on the maps. In this project I examine the collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through two alternative analytical frameworks and compare their ability to render the collapse intelligible. One framework is the comparative statics of equilibrium states; the other framework is the emergent dynamics of evolutionary processes. With respect to comparative statics, the collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is explained as the outcome of territorial competition in which the Russian Empire, Kingdom of Prussia, and the Hapsburg Austria proved to be more successful than the Commonwealth. With respect to emergent dynamics, explanation lies in the transformation of the nexus of relationships accompanied by regime drift. This dissertation argues that comparative statics is inadequate for explaining the evolution and disintegration of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In order to understand how societies evolve over time, it is necessary to adopt the inside-out perspective that emergent dynamics offers. This dissertation illustrates this alternative conceptual orientation with reference to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject cooperation en_US
dc.subject polycentricity en_US
dc.subject coercion en_US
dc.subject Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth en_US
dc.subject robustness en_US
dc.subject Liberum veto en_US
dc.title Hearts, Minds, and Self-Governance: Cooperation and Coercion in the Evolution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name PhD in Economics en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Economics en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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