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This is the first English-language volume that brings the history of Latvia to the threshold of the twenty-first century. Until the reestablishment of Latvian independence in 1991, Soviet dominance served for nearly fifty years to hinder publication of any complete and objective historical record of the region. Andrejs Plakans now places the evolution and formation of the Latvian nation in a balanced, historical framework that stretches from the early medieval period to the present. Particular emphasis is given ...
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This is the first English-language volume that brings the history of Latvia to the threshold of the twenty-first century. Until the reestablishment of Latvian independence in 1991, Soviet dominance served for nearly fifty years to hinder publication of any complete and objective historical record of the region. Andrejs Plakans now places the evolution and formation of the Latvian nation in a balanced, historical framework that stretches from the early medieval period to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the period between the Latvian "national awakening" of 1816-1819 and the emergence of an independent Latvia in 1918. From this point forward, the book extensively chronicles an evolving Latvian state structure, provides an appendix that summarizes all changes and important officeholders, and explains the current system of political parties. This postperestroika historical narrative should contribute significantly to assessing the likelihood of Latvia's survival as an independent republic.
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Plakans (European history, Iowa State U.) chronicles the evolution and formation of the Latvian nation from the early medieval period to the present, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. He traces the historical roots of the current Latvian ethnic majority and devotes particular attention to the emergence of an independent Latvia in 1918. An appendix summarizes key events and officials from 1918 to the present, and explains the current system of political parties. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817993016
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: Publication Series
  • Pages: 257

Meet the Author

Andrejs Plakans is professor of European history in the Department of History at Iowa State University. He is the author of numerous articles on Latvian and Baltic history.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
1 The Populations of the Eastern Baltic Littoral 1
2 Invasion, Conquest, and the Creation of Livonia 14
3 Politics, Economics, and Religion in the Sixteenth Century 30
4 The Trifurcated Littoral in the Seventeenth Century 44
5 The Baltic Littoral in the Russian Empire 60
6 A Century of Reforms 80
7 The Latvian Nation Acquires a State 112
8 The Loss of Independence 141
9 The Reemergence of an Independent Latvia 167
10 Continuities and Discontinuities 184
Appendix 199
Notes 205
Bibliography 229
Index 249
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