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

By Uzo Marvin

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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

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

By Henry Albinson

Released: 2016-03-06
Kindle Edition (79 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 Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795 (History of East Central Europe)

By Daniel Z. Stone

University of Washington Press
Hardcover (392 pages)

The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795 (History of East Central Europe)
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For four centuries, the Polish–Lithuanian state encompassed a major geographic region comparable to present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, and Romania. Governed by a constitutional monarchy that offered the numerous nobility extensive civil and political rights, it enjoyed unusual domestic tranquility, for its military strength kept most enemies at bay until the mid-seventeenth century and the country generally avoided civil wars. Selling grain and timber to western Europe helped make it exceptionally wealthy for much of the period.

The Polish–Lithuanian State, 1386–1795 is the first account in English devoted specifically to this important era. It takes a regional rather than a national approach, considering the internal development of the Ukrainian, Jewish, Lithuanian, and Prussian German nations that coexisted with the Poles in this multinational state. Presenting Jewish history also clarifies urban history, because Jews lived in the unincorporated "private cities" and suburbs, which historians have overlooked in favor of incorporated "royal cities." In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the private cities and suburbs often thrived while the inner cities decayed. The book also traces the institutional development of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland–Lithuania, one of the few European states to escape bloody religious conflict during the Reformation and Counter Reformation.

Both seasoned historians and general readers will appreciate the many excellent brief biographies that advance the narrative and illuminate the subject matter of this comprehensive and absorbing volume.

Lithuania Past and Present

By E.J. Harrison

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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
Hardcover (528 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 History of the Baltic States (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)

By Kevin C. O'Connor Ph.D.

Greenwood
Hardcover (248 pages)

The History of the Baltic States (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)
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The Baltic states―Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania―are nestled in northeastern Europe, where they lie at a crossroad of European culture. This is the most recent and up-to-date narrative history of the Baltic states, providing readers with an ideal starting point for research on the area. It includes a timeline of major events, biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.

ollectively, the Balkan states have been both a transmitter of culture and a victim of larger, more powerful nations' aspirations. Their ethnically and religiously diverse natives continue to struggle with the question of identity, yet the Balts have had relatively peaceful relations with each other for some 600 years. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the Baltic states returned to Europe and seem intent on preserving the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that emerged during their struggle for independence more than a decade ago. This is the most recent and up-to-date narrative history of the Baltic states, providing readers with an ideal starting point for research on the area.

It includes a timeline of major events, biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay. The Baltic states' survival and recovery during the late Soviet and early post-Soviet era is an inspiring and fascinating tale. This concise history takes readers from the ice ages through the Cold War, telling the tale of these small but important countries and their role in the history of Europe.

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!

The History of Lithuania Before 1795

By Albinas Kuncevicius & Jurate Kiaupiene

Lithuanian Institute of History
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The History of Lithuania Before 1795
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