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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)

By Robert I. Frost

Oxford University Press
Released: 2018-09-26
Paperback (592 pages)

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 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.

Lithuania History: Early History, Society, Economy, Culture, Government and Politics

By Uzo Marvin

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (122 pages)

Lithuania History: Early History, Society, Economy, Culture, Government and Politics
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Lithuanian history book, information on Lithuanian environmental system, Lithuanian existence route, Lithuanian politics, Lithuanian culture, Lithuanian people, Lithuanian travel guide, Traditions of Lithuanian statehood date from the early middle Ages. As a nation, Lithuania emerged about 1230 under the leadership of Duke Mindaugas. He united Lithuanian tribes to defend themselves against attacks by the Teutonic Knights, who had conquered the kindred tribes of Prussia and also parts of present-day Latvia. In 1251 Mindaugas accepted Latin Christianity, and in 1253 he became king. But his nobles disagreed with his policy of coexistence with the Teutonic Knights and with his search for access to Western Europe. Mindaugas was killed, the monarchy was discontinued, and the country reverted to paganism. His successors looked for expansion toward the Slavic East. At that early stage of development, Lithuania had to face the historically recurring question dictated by its geopolitical position--whether to join western or Eastern Europe

The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945

By Masha Greenbaum

Gefen Publishing House, Limited
Paperback (416 pages)

The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945
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The full and fascinating history of this remarkable community, from its beginnings in the early part of the 14th century until its virtual destruction during the Holocaust. The book deals with the movements and personalities that played a role in the formation of the community.

Empire of the East: Poland-Lithuania 1500-1700

By Vincent Rospond

Winged Hussar Publishing
Released: 2020-01-28
Paperback (178 pages)

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From the early days of the Renaissance to the Great Northern War, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was one of the great military powers of the era.  

From the Renaissance to the Great Northern War, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was one of the great powers in Europe.  This book examins the development of the armies, the battles and personalities that make this an interesting era.  This is full of illustration and maps and one of the few sources readily available in one place in English

The Last Book Smuggler

By Birute Putrius

Birchwood Press
Paperback (370 pages)

The Last Book Smuggler
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In 1902 Lithuania, a group of rebels armed with books triumphs against the mighty Russian Empire.

Part folktale, part thriller, THE LAST BOOK SMUGGLER tells the story of Ada and her grandfather Viktoras, an old book smuggler tired of his forty-year battle to keep his language alive despite the attempts of the Russian Empire to destroy it. Into their world steps Jonas, a young man in love with Ada and ready to join the underground book smugglers. But there is a traitor in their midst who must stop them or lose everything.

Based on the author's grandfather, who was a book smuggler, the novel deftly captures the politics and dangers of the times while bringing to life an engaging and quirky family, with an element of the supernatural.



 

Lithuanian Jewish Communities

By Nancy Schoenburg

Jason Aronson, Inc.
Released: 1996-10-01
Paperback (516 pages)

Lithuanian Jewish Communities
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Lithuanian Jewish Communities is a remarkable resource for students of Lithuanian Jewish history and for people descended from Lithuanian Jews. This volume lists, in alphabetical order, the major Jewish communities that existed in Lithuania before World War II. The name of each community is accompanied by information about it: when it was founded, the Jewish population in different years, shops and synagogues, and the names of citizens. An appendix locates each town on a map of Lithuania. Since most of the Jewish communities in Lithuania were destroyed in the Holocaust, this volume will be a valuable tool in recreating a picture of Lithuanian Jewry. Other appendices provide member lists from Lithuanian Jewish organizations throughout the world and list agencies that will provide help in further research on Lithuanian Jewry. Descendants of Lithuanian Jews who wish to trace their genealogy will be greatly helped by Lithuanian Jewish Communities.

Memories of My Life: A Personal History of a Lithuanian Shtetl

By Bella Lown

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Hardcover (203 pages)

Memories of My Life: A Personal History of a Lithuanian Shtetl
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The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania (Lithuanian Studies without Borders)

Academic Studies Press
Released: 2016-08-18
Hardcover (326 pages)

The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania (Lithuanian Studies without Borders)
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This evocative and wide-ranging set of articles is a forceful demonstration of how much the experience of East-Central and Eastern Europe, largely neglected until now, needs to be integrated into evolving scholarship on the era of the world wars. The collection diagnoses the challenge of achieving an enlarged historical and artistic perspective, and then goes on to meet it. Themes that are universal (exile, loss, trauma, survival, memory) and the undying subjects of art and artistic efforts at representation, here find specific expression. The case of Lithuania and its diverse populations is revealed in its full significance for a modern European history of the impact of the age of the world wars.


 
 
 

 
 
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