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For any living nation, researching and promoting its history are primarily its own responsibility and a matter of national self-respect in regard to cultural policy. Because of the complex geopolitical situation of Lithuania, foreign scholars are interested in her history – and not only in neighbouring Poland, Russia, and Belarus. When researching Lithuanian history, it is of the utmost importance to bear in mind its European context and not artificially isolate it from its Western and Eastern neighbours. The ability to identify general processes in Lithuanian history and see the similarities and differences in comparison to the rest of Europe is a way of inducing foreign historians to help bring Lithuanian historiography into the wider world of West European and North American historiography. It should be remarked that the situation is not hopeless: some foreign universities and other research institutions have centers for East-Central Europe that could become interested in Lithuanian history in a wider context. By way of example, we may mention one of Germany’s principal centers for research on East-Central Europe – the Herder-Institut (, the London-based School of Slavonic and East European Studies (, the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University in the USA (, and the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles (
Traditionally important for knowledge of Lithuanian history (especially early) has been the research of Polish (the faculties of history at the universities in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznań, etc.), Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Russian scholars.


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