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A Man of HonourAdam Czartoryski as a Statesman of Russia and Poland 1795–1831$
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W. H. Zawadzki

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203032.001.0001

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(p.322) Epilogue
A Man of Honour


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The reasons for Czartoryski's cooperation with Russia during the reign of Alexander I can be classified as personal, economic, political and ideological. Friendship with the Grand Duke and later Emperor Alexander, and the fact that he built much on this relationship is a personal reason. The vast Czartoryski estates in the ex-polish gubernii of the Russian Empire and his family's shaky finances had vested interest in the survival of the Russian connection. Of political calculations, the Russian possession of the eastern half of the old Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the continued supremacy of Polish culture, provided a powerful and a convincing argument behind the Prince's early pro-Russian policies. The Prince's passionate commitment to the free development of all the nations of central and eastern Europe to the principle of representative government and to the rule of law between the states of Europe embodied values and ideals that have not lost any of their relevance in our own time.

Keywords:   Prince Adam Czartoryski, Alexander I, gubernii, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, representative government, Europe

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