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TitleA concise history of the Baltic States
Author Andrejs Plakans
Imprint Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Descript xvi, 472 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


Synopsis: The Baltic region is frequently neglected in broader histories of Europe and its international significance can be obscured by separate treatments of the various Baltic states. With this wide-ranging survey, Andrejs Plakans presents the first integrated history of three Baltic peoples-Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians-and draws out the common threads to show how it has been shaped by their location in a strategically desirable corner of Europe. Subordinated in turn by Baltic German landholders, the Polish nobility and gentry, and then by Russian and Soviet administrators, the three nations have nevertheless kept their distinctive identities-significantly retaining three separate languages in an ethnically diverse region. The book traces the countries' evolution from their ninth-century tribal beginnings to their present status as three thriving and separate nation states, focusing particularly on the region's complex twentieth-century history, which culminated in the eventual re-establishment of national sovereignty after 1991


Peoples of the eastern Baltic littoral -- New order, 1200-1500 -- New order reconfigured, 1500-1710 -- Installing hegemony: the littoral and tsarist Russia, 1710-1800 -- Reforming and controlling the Baltic littoral, 1800-1855 -- Five decades of transformations, 1855-1905 -- Statehood in troubled times, 1905-1940 -- Return of empires, 1940-1991 -- Reentering Europe, 1991-

Baltic States -- History Baltic States -- Politics and government Baltic States -- Civilization

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