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After the Deluge : Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660 - Robert I. Frost

After the Deluge

Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660

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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. 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, despite widespread recognition of the shortcomings of the political system, subsequent attempts at reform failed. 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. Much can be learned from those that failed, and the paucity of English-language material on this important conflict means that After the Deluge will appeal to a broad audience among historians of Poland, Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, and early modern Europe in general.

'... a skilful account of a turning point in Polish Eastern European history ...'. Archives

Introduction: Poland-Lithuania in the mid-seventeenth century
The deluge
Recovery: July 1655-August 1656
The widening conflict: June-December 1656
Constructing a coalition: January - December 1657
The succession and the failure of the coalition: January - July 1658
Political reform
Towards a French candidature: 1658-1660
Conclusion: the succession and the failure of reform
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ISBN: 9780521420082
ISBN-10: 0521420083
Series: CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN HISTORY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 28th January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48