Between Rome and Byzantium: The Golden Age of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s Political Culture. Second half of the fifteenth century to first half of the seventeenth century

Between Rome and Byzantium: The Golden Age of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s Political Culture. Second half of the fifteenth century to first half of the seventeenth century

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Jūratė Kiaupienė
Translated by Jayde Will

Series: Lithuanian Studies without Borders
ISBN: 9781644691465 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 320 pp.
Publication Date: January 2020

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The focus of this book is the unique socio-political and socio-cultural community of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the golden age of the late fifteenth to early seventeenth century. This study analyses the cultural and political impact of the values disseminated in the newly created state, such as the concept of the state itself, its governance, representation, laws, and other elements of the socio-political system.

Through theoretical and factographic arguments, this book demonstrates that the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was a social, political, and cultural link between geopolitical and geo-cultural spaces of the Roman West and the Byzantine East. Located at the cultural crossroads of Europe, Lithuania was an ethnically diverse, multilingual, multi-faith, multicultural national space. Nurtured by international contacts, its political system developed rapidly, influencing the formation of geopolitical and geo-cultural mentality of the whole Central Eastern European region.


Jūratė Kiaupienė was educated at the University of Vilnius, and was a senior research officer of the Institute for Lithuanian History in Vilnius and a professor of Vytautas the Great University (Kaunas). The focus of her research is the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Her publications include: “Mes Lietuva”. Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštystės bajorija XVI a. (viešasis ir privatus gyvenimas) (2003); The History of Lithuania before 1795 (edited, 2000); and Lietuvos istorija, vol. 4 and 5 (2009, 2013).


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part 1. The Landscape of the Grand Duchy of Lithuaniaʼs Political Culture

  1. The Geopolitical and Geocultural Space of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

  2. A Sociopolitical and Sociocultural Portrait of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

  3. The Mythological Space of the Political Culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Part 2. The Makeup and Manifestation of the Political Culture of The Grand Duchy of Lithuania

  1. Union—The Idea and Reality of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s Political Culture

  2. The State in the Political and Legal Culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

  3. The Grand Duchy’s Culture of Parliamentarism

Part 3. “We, the Nation of Lithuania”—Uncovering the Values of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s Political Culture

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