Historical Dictionary Of Lithuania

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On March 11, 1990, the newly-elected Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR formally declared the restoration of the Republic of Lithuania as an independent state, ending a half-century of Russian Soviet rule. The least industrialized of the Baltic states, Lithuania's economic mainstays have long been agriculture and food processing, with the development of industries such as electronics, wood processing and petroleum refining occurring only in the 1960s and 1970s. Its political isolation during the last ...

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On March 11, 1990, the newly-elected Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR formally declared the restoration of the Republic of Lithuania as an independent state, ending a half-century of Russian Soviet rule. The least industrialized of the Baltic states, Lithuania's economic mainstays have long been agriculture and food processing, with the development of industries such as electronics, wood processing and petroleum refining occurring only in the 1960s and 1970s. Its political isolation during the last half-century has led many people to forget that the country is as "European" as France and Italy, and has, in fact, played a major role in the general development of Europe during its political and cultural alliances with Poland as well as its Orthodox, eastern Slavic, Russian, Ukranian, and Belarusan neighbors. Lithuania played roles in the development of major movements such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, Romanticism and democracy. These interactions with other countries have influenced Lithuanian's cultural development into one of the most multinational in Europe. The Historical Dictionary of Lithuania attempts to introduce the non-specialist to the most important mileposts of Lithuania's past. Present-day spellings of place names are utilized in accordance with those used by the National Geographic Society, and alternate versions which occur frequently in literature are referenced. Appendixes provide pronunciation guides, lists of Lithuanian rulers from 1251-1795, and political leaders since 1918. Four maps and a detailed chronology provide further background information.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
...recommended for all college and public libraries.
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...very valuable, particularly for non-Lithuanian speakers...strongly recommended for general readers and undergraduates.
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...very valuable, particularly for non-Lithuanian speakers...strongly recommended for general readers and undergraduates.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...recommended for all college and public libraries.
Booknews
Introduces non-specialists to milestones of Lithuania's past, with entries on historical figures and events, culture, government, political movements, religion, literature, and relations with neighboring regions. A fifty-page introduction offers an historical survey. A glossary, b&w maps, a list of acronyms, and a chronology supplement the dictionary. Appendices offer pronunciation guides and list the country's rulers from 1251 to the 1990s. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833357
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: European Historical Dictionaries Series , #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Saulius Suziedelis is Associate Professor of History at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He has edited the scholarly quarterly, The Journal of Baltic Studies, and has written numerous articles on Lithuanian history which have been published both in Lithuania and the United States.

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