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Tomas Baranauskas, Lietuvos valstybės ištakos, Vilnius: Vaga, 2000, 317 p., 35 fig.

       The author of the book wants to present the most correct answer to one of the most essential questions of the Lithuanian history: when did the Lithuanian State appear? Strictly criticising "mistaken paths" of the traditional historiography - one of its representatives Edvardas Gudavičius, of course - Tomas Baranauskas tries to find earlier beginning of the Lithuanian State. According to him, some early state formations of the Lithuanians appeared in the 11th century and in 1183 they were united into the state, called by the author the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Proving that the Lithuanian State existed since the first Lithuanian goes very difficult. The author presents a lot of "bare" statements and conclusions, and therefore the main thesis of the research about the appearance of the Lithuanian State in the 11-12th centuries remains unproved.

       Atrtūras Dubonis

       Naujasis židinys - Aidai. June 2000. No. 6 (114). P. 358.

       Translated from Lithuanian by Tomas Baranauskas

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