9780415454704

The Making of Modern Lithuania

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415454704

  • ISBN10:

    0415454700

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This book explores the making of modern Lithuania, arguing that, contrary to contemporary Lithuanian nationalist rhetoric, Lithuanian nationalism was modern and socially constructed in the period from the emergence of the Lithuanian national movement in the late nineteenth century to the birth of an independent state in 1918.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Imperial periphery: Lithuanian provinces in late nineteenth centuryp. 1
Social and economic conditionsp. 1
Russificationp. 4
The temperance movement and the rise of literacyp. 7
The 'patriotic movement' of the Lithuanian gentryp. 9
Provincials in the empire: the birth of the intelligentsiap. 11
Question of originsp. 11
Demographic and occupational features of the intelligentsiap. 13
Generational conflict: sons versus parentsp. 14
The intelligentsia as a student movementp. 18
Geographical displacement, centres of patriotic activity and 'the lost intelligentsia'p. 24
Au¿ra and Varpas: first communities of the literatip. 26
Political fragmentation before 1905p. 31
Conclusionp. 34
The making of the urban elitep. 36
The Lithuanian intelligentsia between the city and the countryp. 36
In search of the city: the emergence of the intelligentsia's community in Vilnap. 40
The impact of Vilniaus ziniosp. 44
Conclusionp. 48
In search of the people: the intelligentsia in the 1905 revolutionp. 50
Revolution: nationalist or social?p. 50
Social unrest and the patriotic elite prior to the All-Lithuanian assemblyp. 52
The Lithuanian intelligentsia and non-Lithuanian elites in 1905p. 55
The intelligentsia and peasants in the All-Lithuanian assemblyp. 59
In the wake of the assemblyp. 63
Conclusionp. 67
In search of national brides: the intelligentsia and the women's issuep. 69
The origin of the women's debatep. 69
Theory versus practice: experimental marriages, politics of bachelorhood and gentry salonsp. 73
From the making of nation-mothers to patriotic friendshipsp. 77
Women's politics after 1905p. 80
Conclusionp. 83
The making of national culture: the intelligentsia and politics of culture, 1906-1914p. 85
Cultural nationalism and nation-makingp. 85
The period of 'cultural work': general features and the issue of leadershipp. 86
The intelligentsia and writingp. 90
Disciplinary cultural strategiesp. 94
Conclusionp. 102
War, displacement and nation-buildingp. 104
Early responses to war and the spread of the idea of independencep. 105
Refugee politics: forging a national communityp. 109
Journey to homeland: repatriation and nation-makingp. 114
Conclusionp. 118
Conclusionsp. 121
Notesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 169
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