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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.

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.

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 Last Book Smuggler

By Birute Putrius

Birchwood Press
Paperback (368 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.



 

The Art of Lithuanian Knitting: 25 Traditional Patterns and the People, Places, and History That Inspire Them

By Donna Druchunas

Trafalgar Square Books
Paperback (224 pages)

The Art of Lithuanian Knitting: 25 Traditional Patterns and the People, Places, and History That Inspire Them
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Lithuania is a knitter's paradise—hand-knitted garments fill tourist street markets to overflowing, traditional crafts are celebrated at summer festivals and in open-air museums, and the first hint of winter turns the capital city of Vilnius into a veritable knitwear fashion show! Now, join knitting experts Donna Druchunas and June L. Hall in their journey through a fascinating and beautiful country, and discover Lithuania's rich textile history for yourself. Dive deep into Lithuanian knitting techniques, pattern stitches, and motifs; explore the stories behind 25 designs for traditional and modern accessories; and practice colorwork, textured stitches, lace, entrelac, and more!

Lithuania (Countries Around the World)

By Melanie Waldron

Heinemann
Paperback (48 pages)

Lithuania (Countries Around the World)
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Lithuania offers complete coverage of this fascinating country, including sections on history, geography, wildlife, infrastructure and government, and culture. It also includes a detailed fact file, maps and charts, and a traceable flag.

Lithuanian Cultural Legacy in America

Brand: Lithuanian American Community, Inc.
Hardcover (224 pages)

Lithuanian Cultural Legacy in America
 
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"Lithuanian Cultural Legacy in America" is a photo album that illustrates with color photographs Lithuanian cultural achievements in America. The album presents a short history of Lithuanians in America, the Lithuanian embassy, cultural centers, first Lithuanian churches in America and those built after 1950, religious houses, youth camps, installed art, monuments and wayside shrines and Lithuanian cemeteries. Each chapter has an introductory narative describing the subjects presented. The photo album is in English and Lithuanian languages.

Lithuanians of Schuylkill County (Images of America)

By Anne Chaikowsky La Voie

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2018-06-04
Paperback (128 pages)

Lithuanians of Schuylkill County (Images of America)
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From villages and cities in Lithuania, immigrants came to America to find what they were denied in Eastern Europe, which was freedom from tyranny and want as well as freedom to worship and live as they chose. Through centuries of bloody invasions and cruel oppression, their Lithuania was denied to them, yet here, in the anthracite coalfields of Pennsylvania, these immigrants worked to build communities of proud American citizens who continued to celebrate Kucios as well as Kaledos, eat blynai and šaltibaršcia, decorate marguciai, and pray the rosary in their native language. In Schuylkill County, they built the first churches, first schools, and first communities established by Lithuanians in the United States. Lithuanian American bands, newspapers, and festivals prospered for decades. No matter the hardships--grueling work in coalmines, contempt and violence against recent immigrants, religious prejudice, or condescension toward foreign names and accents--they believed in their country, the United States. Their stories are essential America.


 
 
 

 
 
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