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Kith, Kin, and NeighborsCommunities and Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Wilno$
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David Frick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451287

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451287.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Kith, Kin, and Neighbors
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David Frick

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451287.003.0016

This introductory chapter lays out the groundwork for a study into the human networks of Wilno in the mid-seventeenth century. It presents the reasons for why Wilno is an ideal case study for how a multiethnic and multiconfessional early modern city functioned—as the site of daily interactions among a bewildering array of versions of the two larger cultural spheres of the Romano-Germanic (and partly Slavic) world of Reformation and Catholic Reform on the one hand and Orthodox Slavdom on the other, and as the subject of a number of available historical sources that can provide insights into the “how” of coexistence. The chapter then turns to a brief historical background of the city and presents an overview of the body of historiographical material to be undertaken in this study.

Keywords:   Wilno, human networks, coexistence, early modern cities, multiethnic city, religion

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