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A Concise History of the Baltic States (Cambridge Concise Histories)

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The Baltic region is frequently neglected in broader histories of Europe and its international significance can be obscured by separate treatments of the various Baltic states. With this wide-ranging survey, Andrejs Plakans presents the first integrated history of three Baltic peoples Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians and draws out the common threads to show how it has b ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 24th 2011)
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Feb 17, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
In my quest to read a history of every country in the world as they currently stand, I've read some good shit and I've slogged through some real piles of shit. Nothing compares to this fine volume which is a combined history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania treated in a macrohistorical way. Plakans pulls no punches taking on retarded notions of how history can be written, or better, how history can be contrived from sparse information. Instead, he shrugs off uncertainties and approaches the Bal ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Dimitri rated it did not like it
This book revolves around two themes: nationalism & agricultural reform. Between them, even the world wars & the great power politics of Imperial Russia come off dry as dust. The disappointment of the year (so far)
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