An Historical Conspectus of the Sources of Byelorussian

The extraordinary complexity of the political organisation and cultural development of the inhabitants of the eastern Slavic lands are reflected in the growth of legal norms, in the concept of law and order, and in the judicial organisation which prevailed in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Its history presents an interesting picture - several distinct cultural traditions competing with each other in an endeavour to form a cohesive whole, a political body, out of different ethnic groups, and to formulate a common civilisation, whilst allowing each distinct group to weave its own pattern in to the common fabric...

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