Latvians: A Short History

Latvians: A Short History

by Andrejs Plakans
     
 

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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 re-establishment 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. Plakans now places the evolution and formation of the

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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 re-establishment 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. 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 systems 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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ISBN-13:
9780817993016
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Publication Series
Pages:
257

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Andrejs Plakans is professor of European history in the Department of History at Iowa State University. Plakans earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His main interests are European social history, population & family history, the history of European agriculture and Eastern European history, especially of the Baltic. He is the author of numerous articles on Latvian and Baltic history.  Andrejs Plakans left his native Latvia as a child in 1944. His family immigrated to the U.S. seven years later.

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