Łastoŭski the Historian and his Historical Views

...for Janka Kupala, himself the prophet of the Belarusian national renaissance, Vaclaŭ Lastoŭski was unquestionably the herald of that reawakening...As herald of the national rebirth Lastoŭski was statesman, actual editor of Naša Niva, poet, writer, literary critic, journalist, bibliographer, politician, ethnographer, historian. He may not have been a specialist in any one of these areas, but he made significant contribution to each of them. It was in historiography that he broke important new ground; he performed a truly pioneering task by examining the history of his native country in a completely new way...He cleared away the falsehoods clinging to Belarusian history and... was the first Belarusian to raise the question of the origin of the Belarusian nation...

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