Baltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945 by Aldis PursBaltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945 by Aldis Purs

Baltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945

byAldis Purs

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are often grouped together as the Baltic States, but these three Eastern European countries, tied together historically, are quite different. Although each is struggling to find its place within Europe and fighting to preserve its own identity, the idea of the Baltic States is a façade. In this book, Aldis Purs dispels the myth of a single, coherent Baltic identity, presenting a radical new view of the region.

Baltic Façades illuminates the uniqueness of these three countries and locates them within the larger context of European history, also revealing the similarities they share with the rest of the continent. He also examines the anxiety the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania feel about their own identities and how others see them. Giving equal weight to developments in politics, economics, and social and cultural trends, he places contemporary events in a longer perspective than traditional Cold War-inspired views of the region, tracing the countries under Soviet rule after the end of World War II through their declarations of independence in the early 1990s and their admission to the European Union in 2004. Baltic Façades is an enlightening look at these three separate, though related, Eastern European countries.
Aldis Purs is an academic and specialist in Latvian history. He has published widely on the Baltic region, including The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
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Title:Baltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:203 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1861898967

ISBN - 13:9781861898968

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

1. Historical Background
2. Potemkin Republics
3. Soviet Union to European Union
4. Economic Developments
5. Identity
6. Prospects

References
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

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Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are often grouped together as the Baltic States, but these three Eastern European countries, tied together historically, are quite different. Although each is struggling to find its place within Europe and fighting to preserve its own identity, the idea of the Baltic States is a façade. In this book, Aldis Purs dispels the myth of a single, coherent Baltic identity, presenting a radical new view of the region.Baltic Façades illuminates the uniqueness of these three countries and locates them within the larger context of European history, also revealing the similarities they share with the rest of the continent. He also examines the anxiety the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania feel about their own identities and how others see them. Giving equal weight to developments in politics, economics, and social and cultural trends, he places contemporary events in a longer perspective than traditional Cold War-inspired views of the region, tracing the countries under Soviet rule after the end of World War II through their declarations of independence in the early 1990s and their admission to the European Union in 2004. Baltic Façades is an enlightening look at these three separate, though related, Eastern European countries."This brilliantly written book tells the prominent history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, stressing political, social, and economical aspects. It is a story of great changes during the twentieth century and of new challenges after 1990 and 1991."