In the second lecture of our series Ethnic Minorities in the Polish Lands, JLS was honored to present a distinguished speaker, Professor Robert Frost, the chaired professor of history and philosophy at the Aberdeen University, UK, the eminent scholar of the Polish-Lithuanian Union.
The lecture set out to challenge what is, in the popular accounts at least, a vision of legal and governing chaos in the Polish-Lithuanian Union. Professor Frost talked about the diversity of legal systems across the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth suggesting that if one understands the underlying philosophy, the Union was by no means as dysfunctional as is usually suggested. The talk will be illustrated by actual cases from the territory of modern Ukraine or Lithuania, and it will showcase how the Polish-Lithuanian Union dealt with its diversity and its ethnic and religious minorities.
We recommend that you get the first volume of the Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569 available on Amazon and elsewhere. The lecture will be based on the new materials for the forthcoming Second Volume of that History.
The links to the lecture by Professor Frost and the subsequent Q&A session are as follows:
Professor Robert Frost
Professor Robert Frost is currently the Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen, distinguished scholar of Polish-Lithuanian Union
He is also chair and director of the new Center for Polish-Lithuanian Studies (opened by the Polish and Lithuanian Ambassadors in January 2020)
Professor Frost attended the University of St Andrews (Modern History) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Diploma in Polish language and culture)
He wrote his doctorate in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London (it is now called University College London or UCL) under Professor Norman Davis
Professor Frost taught at Kings College London and returned to Scotland to accept the position of the Chair of History which he now occupies
He is a foreign member of Polish Arts and Sciences (Polska Academia Umiejetnosci), Fellow of the British Academy, and also Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Frost is the author of many books
His latest book is a three-volume history of Poland and Lithuania by Oxford University Press; the first volume is out, it was published in English in 2015 and subsequently in Polish in 2018. The second volume is to be released shortly
That book has won many accolades, among them Pro Historia Polonorum Prize and Nagroda Bendykta Polaka. It also won the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prize
Professor Frost was awarded the Knights Cross for Merits to Lithuania in 2020.