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On The East European Chessboard. The Crimean Khanate And Poland-Lithuania In The Years 1523–1671

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Saadet Giray promptly notified the Polish court of his accession, expressing his wish to maintain the ancient friendship. Yet, the internal crisis in the Crimea encouraged Sigismund to reverse his policy. In the last years of Saadet Girays reign, the Crimean Khanate was in fact divided. In the summer of 1533, Safa and Islam Girays raided the areas of Kasimov and Perejaslavl Rjazanskij. Sahib Giray proudly informed Sigismund about this anti-Muscovian raid, demanding that in return the king should send him the gifts that used to be sent to his predecessors. The Polish-Lithuanian war with Russia, suspended in 1656, was resumed in 1658. On 16 September 1658, the Commonwealth attained a spectacular diplomatic success as the Cossacks returned under the royal suzerainty. The Cossack Ukraine, labeled as the Duchy of Ruthenia, was to become the third, equal member of the Commonwelth, along with Poland and Lithuania.

Keywords: Commonwealth; Cossack Ukraine; Crimean Khanate; Duchy of Ruthenia; Poland-Lithuania; Polish-Lithuanian war; Saadet Giray; Sahib Giray



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