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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) Hardcover – 4 Jun 2015

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198208693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198208693
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A huge and complex work which will certainly define the contours of this field for the next generation ... [Frost] has produced a work that will serve as a comprehensive history, but is, in fact, much more than that: a fiercely argued and superbly developed study of what it meant for Poland and Lithuania to join their political fortunes in the late Middle Ages. (Larry Wolff, Times Literary Supplement)

Volume one is a splendid achievement in its own right: the bar is now raised for its successor. It remains to note with satisfaction that the writing is measured and assured, and that Oxford University Press has produced the book to its usual high standards. (Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, Slavonic and East European Review)

this volume is an outstanding contribution to the history of east central Europe in the late medieval and the beginnings of the early modern period. Moreover, by his conceptualization of what a 'union' is in the context of political theory, and how the Polish-Lithuanian example fits into this, Frost make a nicely original contribution. Most importantly, his focus on a 'union' rather than a nation enables him to write with a refreshingly balanced and judicious outlook that contrasts sharply with the more passionately presented work by some but not all previous scholars. Finally, the text of this volume is written in a prose that is not just fluid, but often graceful and eloquent. (Professor Paul Knoll, Reviews in History)

This volume meticulously traces the history of the PolishLithuanian political relationship step by step, over two centuries. It is the first exhaustive narrative of these events in English ... a useful contribution to debates on the PolishLithuanian union, and it will bring those debates to a much wider audience, offering fresh perspectives for historians in central Europe to mull over ... This book is the fruit of considerable labour ... and will be read with interest across central and northern Europe. (Natalia Nowakowska, History)

Robert Frost has written an outstanding book, as good as it is big ― a major contribution to the history of the polity linked by the hyphen in its title, and to the history of early modern Europe. The book is a major benchmark in Frost's distinguished output addressing specific aspects of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's history, situated in the broad context of its contemporary Europe ... Robert Frost's great achievement is to situate the Commonwealth of Lithuania and Poland at the highest level of thematic inquiry, analysis, and expository prose, fully in the company of the best work concerning comparable questions elsewhere in Europe. (Piotr Gorecki, The Medieval Review)

About the Author

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 are in the history of Poland-Lithuania, and in the history of warfare in the early modern period.

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After waiting six years for this publication, there was no disappointment. The contents and chapters are divided into a chronological order to make this difficult subject accessible to non scholars. Before attempting to read this new account, please refer to Daniel Stone- The Polish- Lithuanian state 1386-1795, William Urban- Samogitian crusade & After Tannenberg books. For a Lithuanian prospective refer to Zigmantas Kiaupa- Lithuania before 1795 & S.C Rowell- Lithuanian Ascending. I'm not a fan of the Norman Davies books but Polish way by Adam Zamoyski is worth reading. Before volume 2 comes out refer to Citzenship & Identity by Karin Friedrich, Republic vs Autocracy by Andrzej Kaminski & Commonwealth, common good by Benedict Rundell.
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