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Images, Concepts And History Of A Borderland

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This chapter focuses on one aspect of post-Soviet Belarusian society: its stubborn adherence to the patterns and institutions that hearken back to the Soviet era. Here, the institutions include the state, the ruling elite, the political system and the economy. It investigates the emergence of the borderland character of Belarus and analyze the key social and economic institutions that emerged and are associated with the process of modernization. It begins when hopes of a European-style national development in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were destroyed by invading Russian armies. As Poland, a new member of the European Union, continues to develop a modern market economy and strengthens its democratic polity, it may provide a viable model of social change to Belarus, definitely more attractive than the criminal state capitalism of modern Russia or pseudoegalitarian Soviet past. Poland may regain its cultural influence in Belarus, but this time without political domination.

Keywords: Belarus; Borderland; Grand Duchy of Lithuania; Poland; Soviet



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