Lithuanian National Identity: the Problem of the Relation between Ethnicity and Confessionality in the Interwar Period in Lithuanian Republic (1918-1940)
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Ramūnas Trimakas
Published 1999-04-04
https://doi.org/10.15388/SocMintVei.1999.3.6968
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Keywords

national identity
ethnicity
confessionality
nationality
citizenship
interwar period
Lithuania
Anthony Smith

How to Cite

Trimakas R. (1999) “Lithuanian National Identity: the Problem of the Relation between Ethnicity and Confessionality in the Interwar Period in Lithuanian Republic (1918-1940)”, Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas, 5(3), pp. 67-80. doi: 10.15388/SocMintVei.1999.3.6968.

Abstract

The aim of the article is to discuss the formation of Lithuanian national identity in the interwar period (1918-1940). The article analyzes the changing relationship between ethnic and religious aspects of Lithuanian identity and considers a thesis of change of Lithuanian self-unerstanding from ethnic-confessional to national-civic. Drawing on Smith, the author argues that the interwar years might be understood as a period of transition which delineates the two dimensions of Lithuanian identity neither of which becomes dominant in the period: the ethnic-confessional and the national-civic.
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