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Historical Statistics of the Baltic States
Historical Statistics of the Baltic States

LiDA catalogue of historical statistics will be hosting historical data about the Baltic states collected in the research project "Historical Sociology of Modern Restorations: A Cross-Time Comparative Study of Post-Communist Transformation in the Baltic States" implemented by a team of Vilnius University researchers lead by prof. Zenonas Norkus. This research is funded by the European Social Fund according to the activity "Improvement of researchers’ qualification by implementing world-class R&D projects" of Measure No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 "Improvement of scientists', other researchers' and students' qualification by implementing practical scientific activities".

The project was started in January, 2018 and the first data sets were published in June, 2018. No less than 200 new datasets of historical statistics about the Baltic states will be published by the end of the project in January, 2022.

The aim of the project is to construct and empirically apply a new sociological theory whose subject matter is social restorations in the modernising and modern societies. The fruitfulness of new theory is explored by the comparative study, comparing the economic, demographic, social, and political development of Baltic countries during post-communist and interwar periods. The similarities and differences between two periods, disclosed by cross-time comparisons, are explained by causal hypotheses which are tested by comparisons with other cases of modern restoration, ranging from the classical restorations in XVII century England and early ninenteenth century France to the restoration of the Jewish state which is most radical case among modern restorations. Baltic countries are most conspicuous cases of post-communist restorations, because they comprised here the restoration of independent states. The analysis of post-communist transformation in the framework of the social restorations' theory includes the assessment of its outcomes in new way: comparing the relative magnitudes of economic, social, and political progress during two periods. The main obstacle for application of this method is the scarcity of cross-nationally and cross-time comparable data about the pre-WWI and interwar periods.

After solving this problem, the Lithuanian electronic historical data systems (HDS), already created using EU structural funds as part of Lithuanian Humanities and Social Sciences data archive (LiDA), will be enriched by new historical statistical data sets, allowing to compare the progress of Baltic countries during the interwar and restored independence periods. The expansion of the Lithuanian electronic HDS by new data documented in English and Lithuanian according to international standards (DDI, DC, MARC21) secures securing the cumulative continuity in the use of EU structural funds and enables all users of historical statistics data in Lithuania to improve their advanced R&D competences and skills up to the level of EU leading countries level.

Users can browse published data sets of historical statistics of the Baltic States here.

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Nr.2  2009 12–2010 02
Nr.3  2010 03–05
Nr.4  2010 06–08
Nr.5  2010 09-11
Nr.6  2010 12 - 2011 02
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