Self-rule in GDL Biržai
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Self-rule in GDL Biržai
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Raimonda Ragauskienė | ldkistorija.lt 2018 january 23 d. 16:28

Between the beginning of the 16th century and the middle of
the 17th century, there were about 800 functioning towns and
cities in the GDL that had the traits of city-like
settlements, however only a small number of them had rights
to self-rule. During the following 400 years after the
establishment of the first self-governing city, Vilnius, in
1387, up until 1795, it is estimated that there were
approximately 250 self-ruling cities that had the kind of
Magdeburg rights generally given in the GDL. The Magdeburg
rights were the primary legal act that set a city apart from
other settlements that did not have privileges issued to
them. One of these cities was Biržai, which during the
existence of the GDL belonged to the Radvila family, who
were the dukes of Biržai and Dubingai and one of the most
powerful noble families in the GDL. It was their private
city.

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