Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and by Leonidas Donskis

By Leonidas Donskis

Loyalty and betrayal are between key recommendations of the ethic of nationalism. Marriage of country and tradition, which turns out the essence of the congruence among political energy constitution and collective id, frequently deals an easy clarification of loyalty and dissent. Loyalty is obvious as once-and-for-all dedication of the person to his or her state, while betrayal is pointed out as a failure to devote him or herself to a typical reason or as a diversion from the item of political loyalty and cultural/linguistic constancy. For conservative or radical nationalists, even social and cultural critique of one’s humans and kingdom should be considered as treason, while for his or her liberal opposite numbers it's accurately what constitutes political wisdom, civic advantage, and a awake commitment to the folks and tradition. This e-book is the 1st try to supply a discursive map of Lithuanian liberal and conservative nationalism. reading the works and perspectives of dissenters and critics of society and tradition, we will show a style of being of liberal nationalism as a social and cultural feedback. This quantity is of curiosity for highbrow historians, social theorists, scholars of East-Central eu notion, and someone attracted to Baltic reviews and the recent participants of the european. "Dissent: act of betrayal, or loyalty? Leonidas Donskis' new notable research is one constant, thorough and devoted attempt to supply a solution to that question." Zygmunt Bauman (from the Preface)

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Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and East-Central European Moral Imagination (On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral ... Freedom, & Moral Imagination in the Baltics)

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During that period, in addition to Solovyov, other Russian thinkers— Nikolai Berdyaev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Konstantin Leontyev, Vassily Rozanov, the Russian nihilists, among others, influenced many Lithuanian academics and public intellectuals. In addition to other influences of Russian culture on Lithuania, these thinkers’ ideas can, in part, be seen as a principal source of Lithuanian messianism. Roughly speaking, Šalkauskis’s vision of Lithuania as a bridge between the civilizations of East and West is nothing but another term for the specifically Russian notion of Eurasia, though this concept is usually reserved exclusively for Russia and its historic mission.

11 Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal 23 It was therefore not only the widespread influence of ideological discourse, but also the absence of an appropriate conceptual and explanatory framework that led to widespread misinterpretations and misconceptions of social reality. This is not to say, however, that theoretical fallacies may have resulted from the incongruity between, on the one hand, social reality and the ineffective tools for social analysis, and, on the other, the lack of an appropriate analytical language.

Santara-Šviesa appears as a sui generis phenomenon in the modern political and cultural history of Lithuania. It was a loose organization. Small wonder, then, that it puzzled not only other émigré organizations, but Soviet Lithuania’s officials, too. ” There was simply no clandestine organization to penetrate and misinform. Instead, all participants and observers of the Santara-Šviesa annual 38 Leonidas Donskis conferences were allowed and even encouraged to discuss every single issue concerning its book-publishing strategy, forthcoming conferences and other cultural events, or the overall intellectual stance shared by Santara-Šviesa.

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