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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages236
ISBN (Print)0521420083 , 978-0521420082
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 1993

Publication series

NameCambridge Studies in Early Modern History
PublisherCambridge University Press

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Keywords

  • History of Poland-Lithuania; Second Northern War; Early Modern

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Frost, R. I. (1993). After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655-1660. (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History). Cambridge University Press.