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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569

(Oxford History of Early Modern Europe)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published June 2015 by Oxford University Press
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Ron Stoop
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a pity that it is not possible to give 3.5 stars on Goodreads. Very comprehensive and lively explanation of Polish-Lithuanian politics in the 14-16th centuries. The middle part is a hard to get through but the beginnig and the end make up for that!
Jared
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-researched, well-argued, well-written; best and most comprehensive treatment of early Poland-Lithuania in English.
Vlad Zamfir
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the definitive History of Poland-Lithuania written in English. It is a book that highlights the importance of such a particular political union such as the Polish-Lithuanian one, with in depth examination of geopolitical, socio-economic and military factors which led to one of the most intricate medieval/early modern bi-confederations from Eastern Europe. Extremely comprehensive, well structured and informative read which made me look forward to volume 2.
Zak
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From an essay I wrote in Fall 2018
The Oxford History of Poland Lithuania Volume 1 is an interesting combination of a survey and an argument. The book makes strong arguments about the process of the formation of union between Poland and Lithuania, but the book also presents a narrative story of that same union, and chronicles many developments that at times only seem tangential to the main thrust of the book. The book generally follows a chronological structure, with occasional chapters on
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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 ...more

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