Classic Journeys: Lithuania - Last of the Baltic Pagans

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Classic Journeys: Lithuania - Last of the Baltic Pagans

<p>The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the last pagan state in Europe. Landlocked and protected by dense forests and impassable wetlands, Lithuania was spared the fate of the other Baltic peoples, who

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The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the last pagan state in Europe. Landlocked and protected by dense forests and impassable wetlands, Lithuania was spared the fate of the other Baltic peoples, who were either converted or killed by German and Scandinavian colonizers between the late 12th and early 14th centuries. But Lithuania did succumb to the imperial onslaughts of Russia in the 18th century.


SUGGESTED READING

  • From Russia with Lunch – David Smiedt, University of Queensland Press, 2008
  • Poland – James Michener, Gorgi Books, 1984
  • Russka – Edward Rutherfurd, Arrow Books, 1992
  • Landscape and Memory – Simon Schama, Harper Collins, 1995


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Vilnius – medieval capital.
  • The Baltic coast.
  • Castles, villages.
  • Lithuanian heroes.
  • Kaunas.
  • Planning your own trip.


SESSION 1: THE PAGANS

  • Baltic Pagans
  • Kernave
  • Uniting Lithuania
  • Lithuanian language
  • Teutonic Order
  • Lithuanian High Dukes
  • Trakai
  • 1410

SESSION 2: SOUTHERN LITHUANIA

  • Dainava – The land of songs (Dzukija)
  • Videniskai
  • Druskininkai
  • Grutas Park
  • Suvalkija – beyond the Nemunas River
  • Marijampole
  • Pajevonys
  • Kybartai
  • Panemune Castle

SESSION 3: KAUNAS – THE SECOND CITY

  • Russian Rule
  • Uprisings
  • Kaunas
  • M.K Ciurlionis
  • Presidential Palace
  • Rumsiskes – Folk Museum

SESSION 4: LITHUANIA MINOR & THE BALTIC

  • Palanga
  • Klaipeda
  • Curonian Spit
  • The Baltic Sea
  • Amber
  • Jurate and Kastytis
  • Nida
  • Juodkrante

SESSION 5: VILNIUS – THE WONDERFUL CAPITAL

  • WWII and Soviet Rule
  • Balts in Australia
  • Sajudis
  • Independence regained
  • Vilnius


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater understanding of their travels in Lithuania.