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Towards a history of compromise: comparing political unions in the British-Irish Isles and Poland-Lithuania

orcid-imageRobert I. Frostemail-imageRobert I. Frost

Robert Frost holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen. He studied at the University of St Andrews, the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and wrote his doctorate at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London. He taught at King’s College London from 1987 and moved to Aberdeen in 2004. He is currently writing a three-volume history of the Polish-Lithuanian Union for Oxford University Press. Volume One, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385–1569 (2015), won the Pro Historia Polonorum Prize for the best foreign-language book on Polish history published between 2012 and 2017. Volume Two, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, 1569–1648 is nearing completion. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (2016), of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2020), and of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020). robert.frost@abdn.ac.uk

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Abstract

This article is a modified and expanded version of the British Academy Raleigh Lecture, delivered at Queens University Belfast. It argues that historians, as opposed to political scientists, sociologists, and philosophers, have neglected the history of compromise and compromises, despite compromise being a significant social and political practice. It considers how historians might approach the problem of compromise, and what a historical perspective might add to study of compromise. It concludes with a comparative consideration of three political unions, between Poland and Lithuania, between England and Scotland, and between England/Britain and Ireland from the point of view of a historian of compromise.

Keywords

History of compromisehistory of trusthistory of political unionPolish-Lithuanian UnionBritish UnionUnion of Britain and Irelandsovereignty and post-sovereignty
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Published on: 17 March 2023
Volume: 11
Article ID: 043
Pages:43 - 74
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Frost (2023), ' Towards a history of compromise: comparing political unions in the British-Irish Isles and Poland-Lithuania ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Regular articles): 043 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011.043

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Towards a history of compromise: comparing political unions in the British-Irish Isles and Poland-Lithuania

orcid-imageRobert I. Frostemail-imageRobert I. Frost

Robert Frost holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen. He studied at the University of St Andrews, the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and wrote his doctorate at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London. He taught at King’s College London from 1987 and moved to Aberdeen in 2004. He is currently writing a three-volume history of the Polish-Lithuanian Union for Oxford University Press. Volume One, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385–1569 (2015), won the Pro Historia Polonorum Prize for the best foreign-language book on Polish history published between 2012 and 2017. Volume Two, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, 1569–1648 is nearing completion. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (2016), of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2020), and of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020). robert.frost@abdn.ac.uk

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