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Whither Belarus?

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In the late 16th century, the time frequently described by the national Belarusian historians as the Golden Age of Belarusian cultural, political, and social achievement, Sir Jerome Horsey, an English diplomat traveling from Warsaw to Moscow, stopped in Wilno, capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which nationally-minded Belarusian intellectuals from the late 19th century onwards regarded as a proto-Belarusian state. Indeed, the time since 1991 has been the first period in the history of Belarus when it possessed all the attributes associated with a sovereign nation. There are alternative trajectories of Belaruss future. The one detailed in this book is based on a specific concatenation of the development of national culture, society and state in the context of geopolitical aspirations of an imperial power. However, civil society has a momentum of its own. For all the authoritarian inclinations, current regime did not inherit from the Soviet past.

Keywords: Belarusian historians; Lithuania; Sir Jerome Horsey; sovereign nation



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