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Kazys Pakstas
The Baltoscandian Confederation (SKU #11297)

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  • A new edition of famous Lithuanian geographer, politician and writer Kazys Pak�tas� study "The Baltoscandian Confederation", published by the Lithuanian Cultural Institute in Chicago in 1942. Pak�tas believed that the Baltic and Scandinavian nations constituted a natural geographic and cultural arc. In a short publication barely 30 pages long with two maps he summarized the ideas of Baltic and Scandinavian convergence that he had harbored for years and that he had expounded on in lectures at the geographical societies and universities of Stockholm, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Tallinn, and other Baltic and Nordic cities from 1934 onwards.
    The end of the war brought a return of the Soviet occupation and, so it seemed, buried the ideas of Kazys Pak�tas forever. It also allowed dust to gather over the few remaining copies of "The Baltoscandian Confederation". But after Lithuania rose up again as free nation in 1990, there arose a new wave of interest in Pak�tas as well: many articles about him appeared in the press; Vilnius University Professor V. B. P�ibiliskis authored another monograph; and Pak�tas went so far as to become a literary allusion, serving as the prototype for the character of Professor "Pok�tas" in Marius Iva�kevi�ius's play "Madagaskaras".
    May not this resurgence of interest be explained by the fact that, now that Lithuania has reestablished its independence and we have crossed into the 21st century, the ideas of Pak�tas, heretofore almost universally regarded as romantic, have shown themselves to be not only prophetic, but remarkably realistic? For before the last century ended a free Lithuania had turned its face toward Scandinavia and made full use of the Baltic-Northern cooperation possibilities inherent in the formula 5 + 3. More than that and above all, Lithuania at last has found its place in the full-fledged European Union, which in many respects is so similar to the federations and confederations of European nations that Kazys Pak�tas had dreamed of nearly all his life.
  • In Englsih, 78 pages
    Format: 8x5 1/2 inches (20x14 cm), paperback
  • Vilnius, Lithuania




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