Thursday, September 27, 2018

The pebble that overturned an empire

This is the old edition of “Historical Dictionary of Lithuania”, published in 1997. Lithuania is a nation in northern Europe, one of the so-called Baltic republics, to be exact. Despite its small size, Lithuania has played a prominent role in European and Cold War history. For instance, in 1990 it became the first “Soviet republic” to declare independence from the Soviet Union. Historically, Lithuania was a much larger country than today, and obviously played a more prominent role, both by itself and in union with neighboring Poland. This “dictionary” contains both an introductory chapter with a historical overview, and an encyclopedic section. A new edition from 2011 also exists, prepared by the same author. All in all, not a bad work!

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