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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania: Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569

Robert Frost


The political union between the kingdom of Poland and the grand duchy of Lithuania is one of the longest-lasting political unions in European history, yet it is known more for the way it ended, destroyed by its neighbours in the late eighteenth century, than for its success in sustaining for over four centuries a consensual, decentralized, multinational, and religiously plural model of political union based on a concept of republican citizenship. From its inception in 1385–6, a vision of political union was developed that proved attractive to Poles, Lithuanians, Ruthenians, and Germans. The un ... More

Keywords: Poland, Lithuania, Ruthenians, Prussia, union, republican, citizenship, composite states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Frost, author
Burnett Fletcher Chair in History, University of Aberdeen