VI. The World Wars and the Interwar Period, 1914–1945 > C. Europe, 1919–1945 > 17. The Baltic States > b. Lithuania
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b. Lithuania
1917, Sept. 18–22
 
A Lithuanian conference at Vilna led to the establishment of a national council and a demand for independence from Russia (Dec. 11). The movement was encouraged by the Germans.  1
 
1918, Feb. 16
 
A FORMAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE resulted. The new state was at once invaded by the Bolsheviks.  2
 
March 3
 
The treaty of Brest-Litovsk (See March 3), however, obliged Russia to recognize Lithuanian independence. The Germans also recognized the new state (March 23) and drew it into alliance with Germany (May 14).  3
 
June 4
 
Duke William of Urach as king was elected by the Lithuanian government. But when German power collapsed in November, this election was rescinded.  4
 
Nov. 11
 
Augustinas Voldemaras formed a national government, the first of many short-lived cabinets. The Germans were obliged to withdraw, whereupon the Bolsheviks again invaded the country.  5
 
 
 
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