On 2 July 2019, the report titled “The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as an economic area: 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin” was presented at the Institute of Central Europe. The report was compiled by the Polish Economic Institute. The presentation was accompanied by a debate on the report and economic aftermath of the Union of Lublin in general.
The report was presented by Piotr Arak – Director of the Polish Economic Institute. The following performed as debaters: Prof. Maciej Bałtowski (Head of the Department of Theory and Economic Thought, MCSU), Bartosz Jóźwik,Associate Professor (Department of International Economy, Faculty of Social Science, JPII Catholic University of Lublin), Prof. Michał Kopczyński (Institute of History, University of Warsaw), Robert Kozyrski, Associate Professor(JPII Catholic University of Lublin). The event was moderated by Tomasz Stępniewski, Associate Professor, Deputy Director of the Institute of Central Europe.
In the 16th century, the Republic of Poland was one of the largest countries in Europe. It’s territory spanned from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The country was developing economically and culturally. Its unique political institutions attracted the interest of intellectual elites throughout the continent. The 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin constitutes a perfect opportunity to consider factors which gave rise to this unique country, but also to ponder upon reasons for its decline towards the end of the 18th century.