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Posted 2011-06-01 16:25 (#84677 - in reply to #84673) Subject: RE: 1731 encyclopedia entry "Litthauen"
Many modern authors not realise what they have in mind using term Lithuania. I don't find any logical explanation. J.H. Zedler's text is quite normal. Wrote about Lithuania everything that he knew.
I almost sure that it was Polish fault who applied usage to all Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Ruthenia and Samogithia as Lithuania. Commonwealth, i.e. Poland consisted of two parts - Crown and Lithuania - Korona i Litwa. Type in this expression in Google and you'll see lots of explanations. Problem, that most are in Polish. So Lithuanian nationalists took such expressions - word Lithuania itself is fetish for many - and privatized this Litwa as own part. While Ruthenians were majority in this Lithuania. Paradox is that Lithuanian nationalists hates Poles, but took Polish understanding of Commonwealth.
Sorry, I gave link not to John Senex's map is not from 1721, but from 1719, but this date changes nothing. The map by Matthaus Seutter, 1730 http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/enlarge/27023 (large file) gives the same 3 regions. Probably author realised that usage of Lithuania is incorrect, not accurate, so in map you'll see Proper Lithuania is showed.