Galina Tumilovich: Belarus from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to globalization: what heritage shall we take with us?
Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, June 2017, issue 18, pp. 55-64)
Keywords: globalization, identity, nation, Belarusianness, border, debelarusification, bilingualism.
In the international discourse on the basic problems of the contemporary world the most frequently used terms currently are “globalization” and “identity.” This approach is by no means lacking in basis, since it touches in one way or another all contemporary state structures. For the researcher of the case of Belarus it has a special content because it brings to the surface the problem of the definition of Belarusian national identity and its special characteristics both in a historical perspective, and from the point of view of its contemporary situation. Here in turn the geographical and geopolitical factors come to the forefront, since Belarus is a classical example of a “border state.” A second predominant factor that greatly defines the uniqueness of the Belarusian case is the situation and role of the Belarusian language. Our analysis of the example of Belarus will seek to focus precisely on this issue.