Treaty of Narva

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Treaty of Narva
Signed30 August 1704
PartiesTsardom of Russia
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Sandomierz Confederation)

The Treaty of Narva was concluded on 19 August (O.S.) / 30 August 1704 during the Great Northern War.[1] The faction of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth loyal to Augustus the Strong joined the anti-Swedish alliance between the Saxon electorate and the Tsardom of Russia.[1]


At the onset of the Great Northern War, Augustus the Strong was king of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Elector of Saxony.[2] In 1699, he allied with the Russian tsar Peter the Great in the Treaty of Preobrazhenskoye and with Frederik IV of Denmark-Norway in the Treaty of Dresden.[3] The alliances provided the basis for a combined attack on the Swedish Empire, which followed in 1700.[4] Already in 1700, Denmark was forced to withdraw[4] and Russia suffered a decisive defeat.[5] In the following years, Charles XII of Sweden pursued Augustus through Poland-Lithuania, imposing on him a series of defeats, and Russia was able to recover and advance in the Baltic provinces.[5] The Lithuanian magnates abandoned Augustus in April 1702 and allied with Sweden.[6]

In July 1704, Swedish advances and the resulting internal quarrels in Poland-Lithuania caused the dethronement of Augustus the Strong and election of Stanisław Leszczyński, the candidate promoted by the Charles XII of Sweden, as the Polish king.[1][7] However, Augustus the Strong still enjoyed support in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, particularly by the Sandomierz Confederation and about 75% of the Polish army.[8] In the name of the commonwealth, Augustus and his supporters declared war on Sweden and joined the anti-Swedish coalition at Narva.[8]


The treaty was negotiated for Poland by Thomas Dzialynski [pl] (Dzialin),[9] a commander of the Saxo-Polish forces participating in the preceding Russian siege and storm of Narva.[10] The treaty was signed by Peter the Great of Russia, Augustus the Strong and Polish-Lithuanian magnates.[1]

The alliance was both defensive and offensive.[1] The treaty ruled that Poland and Russia were both to continue the war and to sign no treaties without mutual consent.[11] Peter the Great was to grant August the Strong 200,000 rubles annual subsidies,[12] maintain 12,000 troops, and return Semen Paliy's conquests in Ukraine and Russian conquests in Livonia.[11]


Peter the Great had thus ensured that the Polish-Lithuanian theatre would continue to bind Swedish forces.[9][13] Most notably, enforcements for Charles XII's Russian campaign were cut off in the Battle of Koniecpol.[14] To pay the agreed on subsidies, a monetary tax was raised from the peasantry.[15]

For Augustus, the treaty was favourable, as his position had deteriorated from his numerous defeats by Swedish armies.[9] Peter the Great, in pursuit of the treaty, ordered Ivan Mazepa to expel Paliy (Paley) from the commonwealth's cossack territories, which he eventually did, Dzialinsky's irrefutable condition during the negotiations.[9][16] However, Russian "helpful occupation" of Livonia would result not in the anticipated handover but instead in integration into the Russian Empire.[10][16]

The faction of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth loyal to Stanisław Leszczyński, organised in the Warsaw Confederation, instead concluded an alliance with the Swedish Empire in the Treaty of Warsaw in November 1705.[16]



  1. ^ a b c d e Donnert & Mühlpfort (1997), p. 512
  2. ^ Frost (2000), p. 227
  3. ^ Frost (2000), p. 228
  4. ^ a b Frost (2000), p. 229
  5. ^ a b Frost (2000), p. 230
  6. ^ Frost (2000), p. 265
  7. ^ Frost (2000), pp. 267-268
  8. ^ a b Frost (2000), p. 268
  9. ^ a b c d Bromley (1970), p. 699
  10. ^ a b Wróbel (1996), p. 374
  11. ^ a b Schuyler (2004 reprint), p. 28
  12. ^ Schuyler (2004 reprint), p. 29
  13. ^ Frost (2000), pp. 269-270
  14. ^ Frost (2000), p. 270
  15. ^ Anisimov (1993), p. 104
  16. ^ a b c Frost (2000), p. 269


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