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Title:
The history of the Baltic States
Author:
O'Connor, Kevin, 1967-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xxii, 220 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313323553
Format :
Book

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Central Library DK502.7 .O2 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

The Baltic states--Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania--are nestled in northeastern Europe, where they lie at a crossroad of European culture. This is the most recent and up-to-date narrative history of the Baltic states, providing readers with an ideal starting point for research on the area. It includes a timeline of major events, biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.

\ollectively, the Balkan states have been both a transmitter of culture and a victim of larger, more powerful nations' aspirations. Their ethnically and religiously diverse natives continue to struggle with the question of identity, yet the Balts have had relatively peaceful relations with each other for some 600 years. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the Baltic states returned to Europe and seem intent on preserving the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that emerged during their struggle for independence more than a decade ago. This is the most recent and up-to-date narrative history of the Baltic states, providing readers with an ideal starting point for research on the area.

It includes a timeline of major events, biographic sketches of noteworthy historical figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay. The Baltic states' survival and recovery during the late Soviet and early post-Soviet era is an inspiring and fascinating tale. This concise history takes readers from the ice ages through the Cold War, telling the tale of these small but important countries and their role in the history of Europe.


Author Notes

KEVIN O'CONNOR is Assistant Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.


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This is a very solid survey of the histories of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from the earliest migrations to the present day. Since few students today can locate these countries, much less remember how important they were in the years 1989-1991, it is highly appropriate that a readable yet sophisticated survey appear a little over a decade later, now that these newly independent states have passed through the postcommunism crises to achieve economic, social, and political stability. O'Connor (Southern Illinois Univ.) swiftly moves across the early centuries, avoiding traditional partisanship and errors of unfamiliarity; he does use a capitalized adjective (Baltische) as the collective name of the Baltic German nobility, but otherwise summarizes a complex era competently. The heart of the story is the struggle for national independence, first achieved amid the ruins of the tsarist empire, then by courageously leading the way in pulling down a Soviet empire that had lost the respect and loyalty even of those who benefited most from its existence. The nonviolent revolution in the Baltics is one of the more remarkable events of our time and makes this book relevant to a wider public. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. W. L. Urban Monmouth College (IL)


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