Between the East and the West: Geocultural Attitudes of the Lithuanian Society

Dr. Ainė Ramonaitė
Dr. Nerijus Maliukevičius
Dr. Mindaugas Degutis

Original title: Tarp Rytų ir Vakarų: Lietuvos visuomenės geokultūrinės nuostatos

Publishing date: 2009

Publisher: Versus Aureus

Language: Lithuanian

Pages: 350



Since the very beginning of the Lithuanian state, its cultural and political identity has been formed in the presence of East-West confrontation. The line of civilizational conflict that is going right next to us has always been a place for constant political fighting and tensions. Again, and again, it demanded a new cultural and political determination from the Lithuanian state and its nation as well as their will to defend this decision. Looking back to the political development of Lithuania after 1990, one can see a clear and relatively united pro-Western geopolitical orientation of the Lithuanian political elite. Unambiguous geopolitical decision was firmly established in the special constitutional act of 1992 „Regarding non-participation of the Republic of Lithuania in the post-Soviet Eastern unions”. It cut off all legal ways for the political gravitation towards the East and drew a clear pro-Western trajectory for the development of the state. In 2004, when Lithuania de facto became a member of the EU and NATO, the main goals of the state were reached. But does this really mean that Lithuania and other Baltic states became fully integrated into the Western geopolitical space?


Cituoti kaip: Ramonaitė, A., Nerijus Maliukevičius, Mindaugas Degutis (2009) Tarp Rytų ir Vakarų: Lietuvos visuomenės geokultūrinės nuostatos. Vilnius: Versus Aureus.