A History of the Baltic States

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 1, 2010 - History - 296 pages
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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been the battleground for neighbouring powers and the site of intense rivalry, but also interaction, between East and West. A History of the Baltic States masterfully traces the development of these three Baltic countries, from the northern crusades against Europe's last pagans, and Lithuania's rise to become one of medieval Europe's largest
states, to their incorporation into the Russian Empire and the creation of their modern national identities.

Drawing upon the most recent scholarship, Andres Kasekamp pays particular attention to the tumultuous twentieth century, during which the Baltic States achieved independence, but also endured occupation by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Finally, he explores how the Baltic States recovered their statehood and transformed themselves into members of the European Union. Clearly and accessibly written, this is one of the first English-language books to provide a comparative survey of Baltic history.
 

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List of Maps and Tables
Lithuanias Expansion and Medieval Livonia 12901560
The PolishLithuanian Commonwealth and the Rise of Sweden
The Long Nineteenth Century under Tsarist Rule 17951917
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About the author (2010)

ANDRES KASEKAMP is Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu, Estonia.  He has served as the editor of Journal of Baltic Studies.  His previous publications include The Radical Right in Interwar Estonia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).