Latvia in World War II by Valdis O. LumansLatvia in World War II by Valdis O. Lumans

Latvia in World War II

byValdis O. Lumans

Hardcover | July 31, 2006

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Valdis Lumans provides an authoritative, balanced, and comprehensive account of one of the most complex, and conflicted, arenas of the Second World War.

Struggling against both Germany and the Soviet Union, Latvia emerged as an independent nation state after the First World War. In 1940, the Soviets occupied neutral Latvia, deporting or executing more than 30,000 Latvians before the Nazis invaded in 1941 and installed a puppet regime. The Red Army expelled the Germans in 1944 and reincorporated Latvia as a Soviet Republic. By the end of the war, an estimated 180,000 Latvians fled to the West. The Soviets would deport at least another 100,000.

Drawing on a wide range of sources-many brought together here for the first time-Lumans synthesizes political, military, social, economic, diplomatic, and cultural history. He moves carefully through traditional sources, many of them partisan, to scholarship emerging since the end of the Cold War, to confront such issues as political loyalties, military collaboration, resistance, capitulation, the Soviet occupation, anti-Semitism, and the Latvian role in the Holocaust.

Valdis O. Lumans is the Cleora Toole Murray Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He is the author of Himmler's Auxiliaries: The Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle and the German National Minorities of Europe, 1933-1945.
Title:Latvia in World War IIFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pagesPublished:July 31, 2006Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823226271

ISBN - 13:9780823226276

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Editorial Reviews

This exceptional and comprehensive work of synthesis outdistances the existing and more narrowly conceived studies of Latvia in World War II period (1939-45) and will remain a basic reference for a long time.