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Litva: The Rise and Fall of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: A Selection from Vanished Kingdoms (Penguin Tracks) [Kindle Edition]

Norman Davies

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The fascinating history of a Baltic empire’s dominance and decline—excerpted from internationally bestselling author Norman Davies’s Vanished Kingdoms



Vanished Kingdoms introduces readers to once-powerful European empires that have left scant traces on the modern map. In this excerpt from his widely acclaimed book, Norman Davies tells the ill-fated story of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Founded in the mid-thirteenth century in one of the continent’s first settled regions, where the oldest of its Indo-European languages is spoken, the Grand Duchy at its peak was the largest country in Europe, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and it commanded yet greater influence after uniting with its western neighbor, the Kingdom of Poland, to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Grand Duchy’s huge territory included the great cities of Kiev, Vilnius, Riga, Minsk, and Brest. Despite being ahead of its time as an elective republic in an age of absolute monarchy, power struggles and foreign incursions led to its ultimate demise and forced partition by Russia, Prussia, and Austria in 1795.



In this selection from a work The Boston Globe has called “commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane,” Davies chronicles these rich yet unfamiliar chapters in the history of modern Lithuania, Belarus, and Latvia with his signature acuity and verve.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 951 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 107 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books (19. Februar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BCUJ1XE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Amazon.com: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  6 Rezensionen
4.0 von 5 Sternen Revised Updated History 12. Mai 2014
Von Dziugas Grybauskas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Interesting contemporary approach to telling Lithuanian history. Not quite the same version I learned at Saturday school. Well written by Davies.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting 11. Mai 2014
Von R. Cartaxo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An interesting read on the Grand Luchy of Lithuany that helps to understand the roots of Lithuania's existence as an independent country. From the Grand Duchy's history, and above all from its last years and demise, Russia emerges as the biggest threat for Lithuania's existence, as was later confirmed by the fifty years of soviet occupation. Many of today's Russians feel they are entitled to the Baltics and see soviet occupation as a simple return to a state of affairs warranted by the two hundred years of Russian domination starting with Peter the Great.
To keep their independence in the future, Baltic countries would be well advised to work together, specially in what concerns their infrastructures and energy policies, as well as their foreign affairs.
5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent compilation and recital of intentionally obscured European history! 17. April 2014
Von general grant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Historical events reoccur. Today's current and unsettling eastern European news was originally conceived and played out several centuries ago.

I was not surprised with Norman Davies's prowess in collecting the past millennia of historical facts, He is consistently a researcher/ author to respect, admire and follow. I was very pleased to see, for the first time in English, an accurate portrayal of an alternate and extinguished universe (Lithuania/Poland/Belarus/Ukraine) quite foreign to most Westerners and I am sure, quite blasphemous to two centuries of ethnic Russian propagandist and revisionist historians.

We are all familiar with the Teutonic knights. We are seldom familiar with the Northern Crusades and totally uneducated in who destroyed both through astute politics and prowess in self-defense. A collective, democratic "Who" that eventually built a great empire larger than France that lasted for many centuries. The 'Who" also extinguished the last mongol/tartar empire in the Crimea and stopped the "last" Islamic invasion of Europe at Vienna?

Read and learn!
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book for those of lithuanian/ polish heritage! 2. August 2014
Von Poskarp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book helps explain the varied history of a now all but forgotten country that was once a powerhouse. It is an easy ready unlike some of his other books on Poland. A must read for those, like myself, embarking on a genealogy search!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love this book! 13. Februar 2014
Von J. Hochstetler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is well written. The writer puts you into the time period and you can almost
'feel' the events happening. Very interesting and full of good history.
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