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Apex and Decline of Poland, 16th–17th Centuries

  • Dennis P. Hupchick
  • Harold E. Cox

Abstract

Following the dynastic union of Poland and Lithuania effected by the marriage of Jadwiga and Jagiello, Polish aristocratic culture took root among the Lithuanian nobility until, with the official treaty of union signed in Lublin (1565), the Lithuanians accepted direct Polish control over all their affairs, and Catholic Poland emerged as the dominant partner. But the successful dominance of the Poles over the Lithuanians exacted a heavy price — the Poles were forced to concentrate on the inherited problems posed by the centuries-old Lithuanian rivalry with Muscovite Russia, which lay in the east, to the detriment of their own essential interests, which historically lay in the west.

Keywords

Political Authority Fragile State European History Polish Society Internal Fragmentation 
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Copyright information

© Dennis P. Hupchick and Harold E. Cox 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. Hupchick
    • 1
  • Harold E. Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Wilkes-BarreUSA

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