Professor Robert Frost FBA

The history of the Polish-Lithuanian union, 1386-1815, with subsidiary interests in the history of Scandinavia, in particular the history of Sweden; the Holy Roman Empire; the history of warfare

Elected 2016

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Robert Frost was educated at the University of St Andrews, The Jagiellonian University, Cracow, and the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London, where he wrote his doctorate. He specialises in the history of Poland-Lithuania between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries, with subsiduary interests in the history of Scandinavia—especially Sweden—and the history of warfare. After three years as a schoolteacher he taught history at King’s College London (1987–2004), before moving to the University of Aberdeen. He was awarded a three-year British Academy/Woolfson Foundation Research Chair in 2009 to write the first part of a two-volume history of the Polish-Lithuanian Union for Oxford University Press and is currently writing volume two, for which he has been awarded a three-year Major Leverhulme Fellowship. Principal Publications After the Deluge. Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War, 1655–1660 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993) The Northern Wars. War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558–1721 (Longmans, Aldershot, 2000) The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania vol. 1 The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385–1569 (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015).

Current post

Burnett Fletcher Chair in History, University of Aberdeen

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