Latvia - A Work in Progress?

100 Years of State- and Nationbuilding

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Latvia - A Work in Progress?
100 Years of State- and Nationbuilding

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A quarter century after the formation of the Popular Front and a decade since joining the EU, processes of state- and nation-building in Latvia are still on-going. Issues such as citizenship, language policy, minority rights, democratic legitimacy, economic stability, and security all remain objects of vigorous public discussion. The current situation also reflects longer-standing debates on the relationship between state, nation, and sovereignty in Latvian society and polity. By examining different aspects of these relationships, this volume aims to reveal both key turning points and continuities in Latvia's development, thereby helping to inform current debates.


"[T]his book is a very valuable contribution to Latvian issues and a real gift for its centenary celebrations in 2018. It certainly offers many aspects of Latvian historical evolution in many vital areas of state endeavors, which could lead to further debates and indeed may be a catalyst for further research and policy changes." - Juris Dreifelds, Brock University, Journal of Baltic Studies 2017

“'Latvia—A Work in Progress? 100 Years of State- and Nation-Building' is a fascinating and significant book […] The Latvian case is a lesson to all transitional and multiethnic societies trying to build a strong state and a unified nation. This book is necessary reading for scholars, policymakers and postgraduate students to enhance their understanding of the complex processes associated with state- and nation-building and successful governance.” – Europe-Asia Studies, Ohannes Geukjian, issue 70/8, 2018

“Most books devoted to the centenary of Latvian statehood, both in Latvian and in foreign language, have a celebratory tone, emphasizing positive achievements and avoiding criticism. This valuable collection of articles is an exception. It provides us with a wellbalanced, critical reflection on Latvian state- and nation-building experiences from many different angles―ranging from the competing narratives about the emergence of Latvian statehood in 1918 to social inequalities in present-day Latvia.” – ZfO - Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung / Journal of East Central European Studies, 03/2018

“[…] here we have an eclectic collection of essays, all of which are well worth reading. The volume should be a ‘must-read’ for any academic interested in the state of Latvia today.”—Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 96, no. 3, July 2018
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Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Matthew Kott, Andrejs Plakans, Marina Germane, Deniss Hanovs, Valdis Teraudkalns, Geoffrey Swain, Irena Saleniece, Ieva Zake, Una Bergmane, Li Bennich-Björkman, Peteris Timofejevs Henriksson, Daina S. Eglitis, Alfs Vanags, Aldis Purs
Editor David J. Smith, Andreas Umland
Number of pages 332
Language English
Publication date Feb 1, 2017
Weight (kg) 0.4310
ISBN-13 9783838206486