Lost Vilnius, a fragment of a house in the Vokiečių street, 1913
History

The city ruling classes or elites in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

In early modern times, there was an elite that existed in many of the larger cities of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) and Europe, who have been given various names in historiography, including the patriciate, the elite, and the ruling class, among others. […]

The Great Vilnius Synagogue
History

Bankruptcy of the Jewish community in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Ideas about tremendous wealth of the Jews, their well-being, which was thought to have been created by incurring losses on the Christians, was prevalent in the society of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania ( GDL and later periods). The reality, however, was quite different. Only a small part of the Jews was successful business people, the majority of them that engaged in small businesses, trade and crafts could hardly make both ends meet. […]

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Global LT

Descendants of Lithuanian nobility run big coffee business in El Salvador

The Pacas family was one of the most influential noble houses in 17-century Lithuania. Its descendants now run a coffee business in El Salvador.

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Culture

Exploring the cuisine of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Western Europeans invented the dining room in the late 18th century but in Lithuania a room dedicated to meals, the so-called stalava, had existed since the 16th century. […]

Žygimantas Pavilionis
CORPORATE

Partnership with Poland should be Lithuania’s key foreign policy priority, says former ambassador to US

Many in Lithuania have been criticizing Poland‘s new government, but former Lithuanian ambassador to the US Žygimantas Pavilionis believes that the return of a strategic partnership between Poland and Lithuania should be our greatest foreign policy priority. According to Pavilionis, those now criticising the Polish government are the same people that accepted Barack Obama‘s attempts to reset the US relationship with Russia and improve the EU’s relationship with Russia. […]

Tomas Venclova
Culture

Tomas Venclova presented with Jerzy Giedroyc award in Poland

On 1 December in Warsaw, the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita presented the Jerzy Giedroyc award to Tomas Venclova, the Lithuanian poet, translator, publicist, and a well-known figure, for contributing to the current literary scene in Central and Eastern Europe. The award was also presented to the Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports. […]