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Lithuania in Crisis: Nationalism to Communism, 1939–1940 presents a scholarly, thorough, and absorbing study of what is probably the most fateful chapter in the life of the Lithuanian nation: the disappearance of its short-lived second period of national independence during the years 1926–1939 and its absorption into the Soviet Union in 1940. Developments in Lithuania during these years illuminate many events throughout Eastern Europe in the interval between the first and second World Wars. In Lithuania, aas in other liberal-democratic regimes set up in the effervescence of Wilsonian idealism, democratic ideals fell on unreceptive soil, and in less than two decades their governments were transmuted into dictatorship and were soon to succumb to external pressures.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Publisher Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Tables
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  1. Foreword
  2. Charles Leonard Lundin
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  1. Preface
  2. Leonas Sabaliūnas
  3. pp. xix-xxi
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Part One: Background: The Years between the Wars
  1. I. Domestic Affairs
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  1. II. Foreign Affairs
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  1. Part Two: The Polity: The Nationalists and Their Opponents
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  1. III. The Tenets of Modern Lithuanian Nationalism
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  1. IV. The Centers of Opposition
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  1. V. The Communist Underground
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  1. Part Three: The Economy: Problems and Tendencies
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  1. VI. Problems on the Land
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  1. VII. Urban Conditions
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  1. VIII. The Cooperative Movement
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  1. IX. The Great Debate
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  1. Part Four: German Seizure of Klaipėda: A Nation’s Response
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  1. X. Authoritarianism in Retreat
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  1. XI. The New Deal
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  1. XII. The Nation Prepares for the Worst
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  1. XIII. The Nationalist Counterdrive
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  1. Part Five: Political Repercussions of the Outbreak of World War II
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  1. XIV. The Decision to Remain Neutral
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  1. XV. Arrival of Russian Troops and the Return of Vilnius
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  1. XVI. End of Joint Action
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  1. Part Six: The Intervention of the Soviet Union
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  1. XVII. The Precipitate End
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  1. XVIII. Collaboration by Compulsion: The Alliance of the Lef
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  1. XIX. Conclusion
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  1. Appendices
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  1. Note on Sources
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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