The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795 Hardback

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The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795

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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 tranquillity, 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 favour of incorporated 'royal cities'.In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the private cities and suburbs often thrived while the inner cities decayed. This 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.

The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795 by Daniel Z. Stone was published by University of Washington Press in May 2001 and is our 66303rd best seller. The ISBN for The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795 is 9780295980935.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Washington Press (May 2001)
Number of Pages392
Thickness31 mm
Height228 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code1191312
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