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After half a century of Soviet occupation, Lithuania regained its independence just after the failed coup in Moscow in August 1991. With the disintegration of the Soviet multinational state, Lithuania…

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After half a century of Soviet occupation, Lithuania regained its independence just after the failed coup in Moscow in August 1991. With the disintegration of the Soviet multinational state, Lithuania developed, without war or violence, from a communist state and order.

Economy to liberal democracy, a free market, and a society that guarantees human rights and minorities. Lithuania therefore offers an outstanding example of peaceful transition, which is more impressive in light of the bloody conflict elsewhere in the former Soviet Union in Yugoslavia, where the aspirations for the independence of constituent republics either resisted violence or degenerated into ethnic violence.

. Also noteworthy is Lithuania's determination to "return to Europe" after half a century of secession, even at the expense of dumping its recently restored sovereign rights in the supra-national EU.

The cost of membership in Western economic and security organizations is seen as worth paying to prevent Lithuania from being re-assigned to a presumed Russian sphere of influence. On the threshold of a new millennium, has made Lithuania a practical home for demands to become a modern European state while firmly resisting the relaxation of its rich cultural and historical traditions.

These twin themes of houses and resistance are Lithuania's historical heritage for present generations of Lithuanians where they integrate into European institutions and continue the process of modernization.



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