New Publication: From Recognition to Restoration

Published: 19 August 2011

The new publication From Recognition to Restoration: Latvia’s History as a Nation-State, is edited and Introduced by: David J. Smith, David J. Galbreath and Geoffrey Swain.

Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY 2010. 174 pp. (On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics 25)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3098-5 Paper

ISBN: 978-90-420-3099-2 E-Book

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Taking its cue from the 90th anniversary commemorations of November 2008, this work explores the relationship between state and nationhood during the three phases to date in Latvia’s existence as a territorial entity: the sovereign statehood of 1918-1940; the Soviet and Nazi occupations of 1940-1944 and the ensuing half-century within the USSR; and the post-1991 period, which has seen the restoration of independence on the basis of legal continuity from the inter-war period and - latterly - accession to the European Union. The aim in relation to all three eras is to go beyond the often essentialising contours of Cold War and post-Cold War debates and reveal the underlying complexities and ambiguities of political and social development.

Table of Contents

David J. Smith, David J. Galbreath, and Geoffrey Swain: From Recognition to Restoration: Latvia’s History as a Nation-State
Andrejs Plakans: Celebrating Origins: Reflections on Latvia’s Ninetieth Birthday
David J. Smith: Inter-war Multiculturalism Revisited: Cultural Autonomy in 1920s Latvia
Geoffrey Swain: Forgotten Voices: Reflections on Latvia during World War Two
Irēna Saleniece: The Deportation of March 25, 1949 in Latgale: Oral History Sources and Archival Documents
William D. Prigge: The Strange Death of Latvian National Communism
Veiko Spolitis: Latvia’s 90th Anniversary: between ‘Partocracy’ and a Misconstrued Model of Liberal Economy
Marina Germane: A Nation in the Making? The Social Integration Process in Latvia since 1991
Amy Bryzgel: TheBronze Man and theHomeless Man: Performance Art in Latvia from Perestroika to Post-Soviet
David J. Galbreath: Between a ‘Rock’ and a ‘Hard Place’: Baltic Foreign Policy after Enlargement

First published: 19 August 2011