Ethno-Nationalism: How to Bring Down an Empire

AT THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING OF THE Lithuanian National Front, Sajudis, in 1988, a poet asked, “Can a mouse defeat an elephant?” Everyone present knew what he meant. “Yes,” he answered, “one only has to wait for the moment when the elephant is balancing itself on its little toe.”1 How did the ethno-national mice topple the Soviet elephant?