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By Thomas Lane

Lithuania restored her independence, after part a century of Soviet profession, within the quick aftermath of the failed Moscow coup in August 1991. because the multi-national Soviet nation disintegrated, Lithuania advanced, with out warfare or violence, from a communist country and a command economic system to a liberal democracy, a loose marketplace, and a society ensuring human and minority rights. Lithuania hence deals a extraordinary instance of peaceable transition, the entire extra notable within the gentle of the bloody clash in other 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 notable has been Lithuania's decision to 'return to Europe' after part a century of separation, even on the expense of submerging its lately restored sovereign rights within the supranational eu Union. the price of club in western fiscal and defense companies are judged to be worthy paying to avoid Lithuania's being drawn once more into a putative Russian sphere of effect. at the threshold of a brand new millennium for this reason, Lithuania has made a practical lodging to the calls for of turning into a contemporary eu nation, while vigorously resisting the dilution of her wealthy cultural and historic traditions. those dual subject matters of lodging and resistance are Lithuania's old legacy to the present generations of Lithuanians as they combine into eu associations and proceed the modernization process.

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