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The Polish-Lithuanian Monarchy in European Context, c. 1500–1795

  • Richard Butterwick

About this book


The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is often considered an 'aberration' where monarchy was reduced by the nobility to impotence, and which was consequently partitioned. However, historians' reappraisal of monarchy in early modern Europe calls for a reconsideration of the extent of Polish-Lithuanian 'divergence'. The essays of this collection assess the institution and idea of monarchy in one of Europe's largest and most neglected states. It will appeal to all those interested in early modern history.


chronology Europe history monarchy nation Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Butterwick
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityBelfastNorthern Ireland

About the editors

ALMUT BUES Deputy Director, German Historical Institute, Warsaw, ROBERT J.W. EVANS Regius Professor, Modern History, University of Oxford and Fellow of Oriel College, JURATÉ KIAUPIENÉ Senior Research Officer, Institute of Lithuanian History in Vilnius and Senior Lecturer (Dozent), Lithuanian and European History, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, JERZY LUKOWSKI Senior Lecturer, Modern History, University of Birmingham, MARIUSZ MARKIEWICZ Associate Professor, Modern European History, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Bibliographic information


'...accessible to the general reader...a rich and readable volume of scholarship...' - Robert E. Jones, International History Review