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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania: Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569...
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Robert I. Frost (Burnett Fletcher Chair in History, University of Aberdeen)
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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania: Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569

Robert I. Frost (Burnett Fletcher Chair in History, University of Aberdeen)


9780198800200

Oxford University Press


European history;
Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500;
Medieval history;
Regional government


Paperback

592 pages

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The history of eastern European is dominated by the story of the rise of the Russian empire, yet Russia only emerged as a major power after 1700. For 300 years the greatest power in Eastern Europe was the union between the kingdom of Poland and the grand duchy of Lithuania, one of the longest-lasting political unions in European history. Yet because it ended in the late-eighteenth century in what are misleadingly termed the Partitions of Poland, it barely features in standard accounts of European history. The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union 1385-1569 tells the story of the formation of a consensual, decentralised, multinational, and religiously plural state built from below as much as above, that was founded by peaceful negotiation, not war and conquest. From its inception in 1385-6, a vision of political union was developed that proved attractive to Poles, Lithuanians, Ruthenians, and Germans, a union which was extended to include Prussia in the 1450s and Livonia in the 1560s. Despite the often bitter disagreements over the nature of the union, these were nevertheless overcome by a republican vision of a union of peoples in one political community of citizens under an elected monarch. Robert Frost challenges interpretations of the union informed by the idea that the emergence of the sovereign nation state represents the essence of political modernity, and presents the Polish-Lithuanian union as a case study of a composite state. The modern history of Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus cannot be understood without an understanding of the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian union. This volume is the first detailed study of the making of that union ever published in English.

By:   Robert I. Frost (Burnett Fletcher Chair in History University of Aberdeen)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   884g
ISBN:   9780198800200
ISBN 10:   0198800207
Series:   Oxford History of Early Modern Europe
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

I: Towards Union II: Establishing the Union III: Crisis: 1422-1447 IV: Consolidation and Change V: Dynasty and Citizenship VI: Reform VII: Union Accomplished Bibliography Gazeteer

Robert Frost was educated at the universities of St Andrews, Cracow, and London. After teaching for eighteen years at King's College London, he moved in 2004 to the University of Aberdeen, where he currently holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair in History. He is interested in the history of eastern and northern Europe from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. His principal research interests are in the history of Poland-Lithuania, and in the history of warfare in the early modern period.


This volume meticulously traces the history of the PolishLithuanian political relationship step by step, over two centuries. It is the first exhaustive narrative of these events in English ... a useful contribution to debates on the PolishLithuanian union, and it will bring those debates to a much wider audience, offering fresh perspectives for historians in central Europe to mull over ... This book is the fruit of considerable labour ... and will be read with interest across central and northern Europe. * Natalia Nowakowska, History * an attentive, balanced and scholarly account that engages with the many historiographical and political disputes in the discourse on the Polish-Lithuanian union without, however, giving in to the temptation of providing such politicized conclusions. * Jolanta Choi'nska-Mika, Parliaments, Estates and Representation *

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