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Religion in Poland: ‘A State without Stakes’

This chapter aims to establish the unique position of Poland, compared with the rest of Europe during this period, with regard to religious toleration and the Reformation,2 as a result of which Poland attracted immigrants from all parts of Europe who were fleeing from religious persecution. They brought with them new ideas and skills, which served to enrich and invigorate Polish culture. It is argued that the atmosphere of toleration nurtured a different mindset, which is important in a consideration of those factors that enabled the genre of child commemoration to flourish in Poland and not elsewhere.