Volume 19, Issue 10, 2009
Return of the Polish Brethren in the Perspective of a New Stage of Universalism
Jerzy J. Kolarzowski
, Lesław Kawalec
The Community of the Polish Brethren, also Called Arians, as Seen by a Psycho-historian
The Community of the Polish Brethren operated in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1563–1658. Over this period the condition of toleration worsened from acceptance to the decree of banishment. The author analyzes the dynamics of the religious movement: its objectives, achievements and the conflicts with the society they were part of. The evolution, both within the community and in external relations, required the inclusion of the elements of Social Psychology into historical narration.