The Impact of the Noble’s Legacy in Shaping Citizenship in Central Europe

Gábor Gángó, Ferenc Hörcher, Gábor Kovács, Béla Mester, Tibor Pichler, Rafał Smoczyński, Tomasz Zarycki

These working papers represent the interim stage of research carried out within the framework of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences interdisciplinary project entitled „The Impact of the Noble’s Legacy in Shaping Citizenship in Central Europe” (2014–2016). It is concerned with the role of post-feudal gentry’s legacy in the study of the peculiarity of the civic models in Hungary and in Poland. The project aims to enlarge the field of the European citizenship studies by exploring a specifi c Central European models, with their genesis characterized by a strong position of the gentry’s heritage, the significant role of the intelligentsia, the lack of revolutionary experience, a weak heritage of the modern nation state and relatively poor bourgeois traditions. These historical peculiarities make the CE region substantially distinct when compared with the civic models produced in Western European countries. Although the impact of the post gentry legacy on both Polish and Hungarian society shows signifi cant uniformities, the precise defi nitions of this impact remain locally embedded. Both in Poland and in Hungary there are considerable diff erences in the structures of post-feudal legacy and its impact on contemporary social systems and political culture. Thus the cross-national research provides a valuable base for advancing and producing new input in this field.


Keywords: citizenship studies · Central Europe · gentry · political culture

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