Claiming a great ancient imperial past as an identity element of a small modern nation. The case of Lithuania

Collection:
Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Knygos dalis / Part of the book
Language:
Anglų kalba / English
Title:
Claiming a great ancient imperial past as an identity element of a small modern nation. The case of Lithuania
In the Book:
National stereotyping, identity politics, European crises / editors: Jürgen Barkhoff and Joep Leerssen. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2021. P. 31-50. (Studia imagologica ; vol. 27)
Keywords:
LT
Tauta; Tapatybė; Užsienio politika; Krizės; Nation.
EN
Identity; Foreign policy; Crises.
Summary / Abstract:

ENLithuanians are a typical East European modern nation, created by the Lithuanian nationalist movement which emerged in the late nineteenth century. Modern Lithuanian identity is ethnolinguistic, resembling national identities of other Baltic countries. Its distinctive feature is the narrative appropriation of the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which was a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional and multi-cultural empire which in 1569 merged with Poland in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Reminiscences of this great imperial past became an important source of inspiration for Lithuanian foreign policy after the accession of the country to the European Union in 2004. The makers of this policy conceived as Lithuania’s mission to ‘bring back’ to European civilization all former lands of ancient Lithuania. They used the Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the EU in 2013 to materialise these ideas, which became an important contribution to the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis. The contribution closes with the discussion of other impending crises related to the legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. [From the publication]

DOI:
10.1163/9789004436107_004
ISBN:
9789004436107
ISSN:
0927-4065
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2022-05-02 15:11:23
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