About The Author:
Saulius Suziedelis was born in Gotha, Germany, in 1945, and grew up in the Lithuanian community of Brockton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Catholic University with a B.A. in 1967, then served two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. In 1972 he received his M. A. in Russian history from the University of Maryland and in 1977 a Ph.D. in Russian and East European history from the University of Kansas. In 1974 and 1975 Dr. Suziedelis conducted research for his doctoral dissertation at the History Institute of the University of Warsaw under an International Research and Exchanges Board Grant. He has worked at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., and has taught at the Oklahoma City Community College. Until the spring of 1987, Dr. Suziedelis was a research historian with the U.S. Department of Justice. He was visiting professor at the University of Illinois – Chicago in the spring of 1988 and is a Senior Research Fellow of the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center.
About The Book:
From early Christian times to the turmoil of the turmoil of the twenty century, The Sword and the Cross demonstrates how the Church has been a major force in establishing and maintaining Lithuanian national identity. It introduces the reader to a fiercely independent Catholic community that has struggled against numerous obstacles – including atheistic Communism – to keep the Catholic faith alive for future generations. Intended for the reader unfamiliar with Lithuania’s past, The Sword and the Cross provides a strong background for an understanding of a country whose Church and people will be in the news for years to come.