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By Thomas Lane

Lithuania restored her independence, after part a century of Soviet profession, within the rapid aftermath of the failed Moscow coup in August 1991. because the multi-national Soviet country disintegrated, Lithuania developed, with out conflict or violence, from a communist nation and a command financial system to a liberal democracy, a unfastened marketplace, and a society making certain human and minority rights. Lithuania for that reason bargains a remarkable instance of peaceable transition, all of the extra notable within the mild of the bloody clash in different places within the former Soviet Union of Yugoslavia, the place the aspirations to independence of the constituent republics have been both violently resisted or dissolved into inter-ethnic violence. both extraordinary has been Lithuania's decision to 'return to Europe' after part a century of separation, even on the fee of submerging its lately restored sovereign rights within the supranational eu Union. the price of club in western fiscal and safety organisations are judged to be worthy paying to avoid Lithuania's being drawn once more into a putative Russian sphere of impact. at the threshold of a brand new millennium accordingly, Lithuania has made a practical lodging to the calls for of turning into a latest ecu kingdom, while vigorously resisting the dilution of her wealthy cultural and old traditions. those dual topics of lodging and resistance are Lithuania's historic legacy to the present generations of Lithuanians as they combine into ecu associations and proceed the modernization process.

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