PV1B109 Irreconcilable Neighbours? Poland, Lithuania and the Order of Teutonic Knights in the Middle Ages

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Přemysl Bar, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Přemysl Bar, Ph.D.
Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Olga Barová
Supplier department: Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies – Faculty of Arts
Wed 16:00–17:40 B2.24, except Wed 17. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 20/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
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Course objectives
The course describes the genesis and course of the conflict-filled coexistence of the Order of Teutonic Knights in Prussia with its neighbours, particularly Poland and Lithuania, from the 1230s up to the year 1525, when the order’s domain was secularized. Various ways of resolving the conflict – military clashes, diplomacy, lawsuits, propaganda – will be discussed with the aim of finding an answer to the question of whether the conflict-filled coexistence of the Order with the neighbouring states was inevitable.
Learning outcomes
Students after completing the course will be able to:
- acquire an overview of the conflict between the Order of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia and the Polish-Lithuanian Union from the 13th to the end of the 15th century.
- will examine the origins of the Order and various other aspects including diplomacy, military affairs and propaganda.
- will be able to interpret the different types of sources which refer to this conflict.
  • 1. Building the order’s domain in the Baltics in the 13th century.
  • 2. Territorial expansion of the order’s domain in the 14th century.
  • 3. War and diplomacy with the Piast monarchy up to the Kalisz peace treaty of 1343.
  • 4. Lithuanian rejzy.
  • 5. The Order’s attitude to the Polish–Lithuanian Union up to the Battle of Grunwald (1410).
  • 6. Lawsuits and arbitration in the 14th and 15th century.
  • 7. Ceasefire and war between the First and Second Peace of Thorn (1411–1466).
  • 8. The propaganda war between the Order and the Polish–Lithuanian Union in the 15th century.
  • 9. The path to secularization of the order’s domain (1525).
  • BISKUP, Marian: Trzynastoletnia wojna z Zakonem Krzyżackim 1454–1466. Oświęcim 2014 (reedice z r. 1967).
  • BISKUP, Marian: Wojny Polski z Zakonem Krzyżackim 1308–1521. Oświęcim 2015.
  • BISKUP, Marian – CZAJA, Roman – DŁUGOKĘCKI, Wiesław – DYGO, Marian – JÓŹWIAK, Sławomir – RADZIMIŃSKI, Andrzej – TANDECKI, Janusz: Państwo zakonu krzyżackiego w Prusach. Władza i społeczeństwo. Warszawa 2009.
  • BISKUP, Marian, Bernhart JÄHNIG, Klaus MILITZER, Zenon Hubert NOWAK and Janusz TANDECKI. The Teutonic Order in Prussia and Livonia : the political and ecclesiastical structures 13th-16th c. Edited by Roman Czaja - Andrzej Radzimiński. Toruń: Towarzystwo Naukowe w Toruniu, 2015, 422 stran. ISBN 9783412505172. info
  • EKDAHL, Sven: Die Schlacht bei Tannenberg 1410: Quellenkritische Untersuchungen. Bd. 1: Einführung und Quellenlage. Berlin 1982.
  • GOLL, Jaroslav: Čechy a Prusy ve středověku. Praha 1897.
  • JÓŹWIAK, Sławomir – KWIATKOWSKI, Krzysztof – SZWEDA, Adam – SZYBKOWSKI, Sobiesław: Wojna Polski i Litwy z Zakonem Krzyżackim w latach 1409–1411. Malbork 2010.
  • WRÓBEL, Dariusz: Elity polityczne Królestwa Polskiego wobec problemu krzyżackiego w czasach Władysława Jagiełły. Lublin 2016.
  • Zakon Krzyżacki w Prusach i Inflantach. Podziały administracyjne i kościelne w XIII–XVI wieku. Pod red. Romana CZAI i Andrzej RADZIMIŃSKIEGO. Toruń 2013.
  • MILITZER, Klaus: Die Geschichte des Deutschen Ordens. Stuttgart 2005.
  • ŠVEC, Luboš – MACURA, Vladimír – ŠTOL, Pavel: Dějiny pobaltských zemí. Praha 1996, 2001.
  • FRIEDL, Jiří, Tomasz JUREK, Miloš ŘEZNÍK and Martin WIHODA. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Martin Veselka. Vydání první. Praha: NLN Nakladatelství lidové noviny, 2017, 690 stran. ISBN 9788074223068. info
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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021, Spring 2025.
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