For many postcommunist states, a major task of historical research has been the construction of an identity autonomous from its neighbors. Communism sought to erase many of the salient distinctions between its subject states, but now that it has been cast aside many are considering whether membership of the European Union would, inadvertently, achieve what communism failed to. In July Lithuania will mark the 750th anniversary of the coronation of Mindaugas, the first ruler of Lithuania, with a series of concerts, festivals and the scheduled completion of infrastructure projects in and aroun...
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