Researchers of Polish history gather in Kraków
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Scholars from around the world have descended on the southern Polish city of Kraków for the third Congress of International Researchers of Polish History.
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the peak of its strength. Image: Halibutt (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Held every five years, the event brings together academics from around the world who research Polish history as well as its culture, arts and sciences.
This year’s conference runs from Wednesday to Saturday and focuses on the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a state formed by Poland and Lithuania in 1569 with a common monarch that was one of the largest countries of 16th- and 17th-century Europe.
The conference aims to examine the impact that this joint Polish-Lithuanian state had on what happened later in the history of Poland, Lithuania and other countries that found themselves within its sphere of influence.
The conference also seeks to answer to what extent the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a unique state at the time and in what sense its history was similar to those of other countries in Europe and beyond.
Among those who lived in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth were Belarusians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Germans, Russians, Ukrainians and Jews. (gs/pk)