After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660.Hardcover

By: FROST, Robert I.

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FROST, Robert I.. After the Deluge : Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660. Cambridge, &c : Cambridge University Press, (1998). "Transferred to digital printing". Pp (8),ix-xxiv,1-211,(5).. With some diagrams and maps in the text. 8vo, plain light blue paper-covered boards. In the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History series. "The Swedish invasion of 1655, known to Poles ever since as the 'Swedish deluge', provoked the political and military collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the second-largest state in Europe. Although the Swedes were ultimately driven out, the 'Swedish deluge' proved to be a crucial turning-point in Polish history. The Commonwealth, dominant m eastern and northern Europe in the sixteenthcentury, never recovered from the blows inflicted during the Second Northe rn War (1655-1660). In the eighteenth century it was the plaything ot its neighbours and its political system was the laughing-stock of Europe. By 1795 it had been partitioned out of existence. War has long been seen as crucial to the development of more effective systems of government in Europe during the seventeenth century, but studies usually concentrate on states which responded successfully to the challenges. Yet much can be learned from those that failed; none failed more dramatically than Poland-Lithuania. Robert Frost examines the reasons for Poland's fall and the conduct of the war by the Polish government, and addresses the crucial question of why, despitewidespread recognition of the shortcomings of the political system, subseq uent attempts at reform failed. The paucity hitherto of English-language material on the Second Northern War means that After the Deluge will appeal to a broad audience among political, diplomatic, and military historians of Poland, Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, and early modern Europe in general." - p.[i]. Preface; 1. Introduction: Poland-Lithuania in the mid-seventeenth century; 2. The Deluge; 3. Recovery : July 1655 - August 1656; 4. The widening conflict: June-December 1656; 5. Constructing a coalition: January-December 1657; 6. The succession and the failure of the coalition: January-July1658; 7. Political reform; 8. Towards a French candidature: 1658-1660; 9. Conclusion: the succession and the failure of reform. With Gazeteer, Glossary and currency, Office holders, Pronunciation guide, bibliography, and index. Very good. 40.00

Title: After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660.Hardcover

Author Name: FROST, Robert I.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998, ISBN:0521420083:

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