Lecture: Polish – Lithuanian Union, Success of Failure?
Wednesday 02 March 2016 - 14:00 to Friday 04 March 2016 - 17:00

The British Council in partnership with the Polish Institute, The History Department of Vilnius University, The National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and The Chair of History of Vytautas Magnus University are organizing a public lecture by Professor Robert Ian Frost from Aberdeen University “Polish – Lithuanian Union, Success of Failure?”.

In Vilnius the lecture will take place on March 2, Wednesday, at 6pm at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.  For further details see:


In Kaunas the lecture will take place on March 4, Friday at 1.30pm at Vytautas Magnus University. For further details see:


Professor Frost is interested in the history of Poland-Lithuania  from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century; the history of Scandinavia, in particular Sweden, in the early modern period, and the history of early modern warfare. His current project is a history of the Polish-Lithuanian Union from 1385 to 1815 for Oxford University Press, the first volume of which, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1385-1569, was  published in June 2015.

The First Volume demonstrates the importance of the Polish-Lithuanian union for an understanding of the politics of Eastern and Central Europe, and of the later formation of the Germanic states. It provides a case study of the formation of a political union that calls into question current scholarship on the nature of composite states in late-medieval and early modern Europe. It  Analyses the emergence of a multinational, religiously diverse union built as much from below, by its citizens, as from above by its kings.

For more information about the Volume please visit the Oxford University Press website: