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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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Friendship, Love, and the Unofficial Committee (1795–1803)

Friendship, Love, and the Unofficial Committee (1795–1803)

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The final partition of Poland profoundly affected the political and economic situation of its leading magnate families who owned property across the length and breadth of the defunct state. It was in the course of 1796 that Czartoryski's life in Russia altered dramatically and opened perspectives of personal happiness and even ultimately of political influence. When the Grand Duke was becoming increasingly distressed by his father's capricious rule, that Czartoryski acted as the prime mover in arranging Alexander's first meeting with two of his close Russian friends: Count Pavel Aleksandrovich Stroganov and Nikolay Nikolaevich Novosiltsev. The commitment of this intimate group of young intellectuals, the future ‘Unofficial Committee’ to the cause of public justice and decency, and to the values of the European Enlightenment, appealed to Alexander's dreamy idealism and during their frequent meetings in 1797 the future Tsar readily spoke of introducing in Russin a ‘une constitution libre’ with national representative institutions and limited imperial authority.

Keywords:   Prince Adam Czartoryski, Alexander, Count Pavel Aleksandrovich Stroganov, Nikolay Nikolaevich Novosiltsev, Unofficial Committee

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