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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.

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

By Uzo Marvin

Marvin Uzo
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

Lithuania Ascending: A Pagan Empire within East-Central Europe, 1295-1345 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

By S. C. Rowell

S C Rowell
Released: 2014-03-06
Paperback (416 pages)

Lithuania Ascending: A Pagan Empire within East-Central Europe, 1295-1345 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)
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  • Lithuania Ascending A Pagan Empire within East Central Europe 1295 1345 Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought Fourth Series
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From 1250 to 1795 Lithuania covered a vast area of eastern and central Europe. Until 1387 the country was pagan. How this huge state came to expand, defend itself against western European crusaders and play a conspicuous part in European life are the main subjects of this book. Chapters are devoted to the types of sources used, to the religion of the ancient Balts (and the discovery of a pagan temple in Vilnius in the late 1980s), and to Lithuanian relations and wars with Poland and the Germans. Under Grand Duke Gediminas, Lithuania came to control more of Russia than the prince of Moscow.

Memories of family and estate: Lithuania in the early 1900's

By Jonas Fledzinskas

Ruta Sevo
Paperback (136 pages)

Memories of family and estate: Lithuania in the early 1900 s
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A short memoir about Lithuania during the first half of the 20th Century. He married Aleksandra Zubovaite, a Countess, who inherited the Ginkunai estate belonging to the Zubovs. They experienced the disruptions of history (WWI and WWII), but enjoyed a period of about 20 years of Lithuanian independence. During that time, he played a role in developing agricultural exports, organizing cooperatives and unions, raising the quality of farm produce, and enabling modern farming techniques. The Ginkunai estate was taken over by German and Russian military at various times.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-08-15
Paperback (416 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
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War, Revolution, and Nation-Making in Lithuania, 1914-1923 (The Greater War)

By Tomas Balkelis

Oxford University Press
Hardcover (224 pages)

War, Revolution, and Nation-Making in Lithuania, 1914-1923 (The Greater War)
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In this book, Tomas Balkelis explores how the Lithuanian state was created and shaped by the Great War from its onset in 1914 to the last waves of violence in 1923. As the very notion of independent Lithuania was constructed during the war, violence is seen as an essential part of the formation of Lithuanian state, nation, and identity. War was much more than simply the historical context in which the tectonic shift from empire to nation-state took place. It transformed people, policies, institutions, and modes of thought in ways that would continue to shape the nation for decades after the conflict subsided.

In telling the story of the post-WWI conflict in Lithuania, War, Revolution, and Nation-Making in Lithuania, 1914-1923 focuses on the soldiers and civilians involved in the conflict, rather than the strategies and acts of politicians, generals, or diplomats. The volume's two main themes are the impact of military, social, and cultural mobilizations on the local population, and different types of violence that were so characteristic of the region throughout the period. The actors in this story are people displaced by war and mobilized for war: refugees, veterans, volunteers, peasant conscripts, POWs, paramilitary fighters, and others who took to guns, not diplomacy, to assert their power. This is the story of how their lives were changed by war and how they shaped the society that emerged after war.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

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DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2015-08-04
Paperback (432 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
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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 Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999

By Timothy Snyder

imusti
Paperback (384 pages)

The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999
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Modern nationalism in northeastern Europe has often led to violence and then reconciliation between nations with bloody pasts. In this fascinating book, Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Belarusian nationhood over four centuries, discusses various atrocities (including the first account of the massive Ukrainian-Polish ethnic cleansings of the 1940s), and examines Poland’s recent successful negotiations with its newly independent Eastern neighbors, as it has channeled national interest toward peace.


 
 
 

 
 
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