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The Oxford History of Poland-LithuaniaVolume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569$
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Robert Frost

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.001.0001

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Fruits of Union

Fruits of Union

(p.99) 10 Fruits of Union
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 10 looks at the war with the Teutonic Knights declared in 1409, the consolidation of Catholicism in the Lithuanian heartland of Aukštaitija, and its effects on relations with the Teutonic Order, considering the causes of the war, the role of Samogitia, and the gradual move in Polish public opinion towards support for war. It gives an account of the great Polish-Lithuanian victory at Tannenberg (Grunwald/Žalgiris) in 1410 and recounts the gradual reorientation of Vytautas’s concerns from the east to the west. It considers the nature of the Teutonic Order’s threat to Lithuania and analyses the reasons for the victory, its military and political aftermath, and its consequences, which established the union state as a major force in central and eastern European politics.

Keywords:   Jagiełło, Vytautas, Teutonic Knights, Tannenberg, Samogitia

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