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The Politics of Change in the Baltic States

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About this course

This course aims to analyse the development of national identity and statehood in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in various stages of their histories: as part of the Romanov Empire, during the first period of independence, as part of the USSR and during the second period of independence after 1991. Throughout the course we will seek to discover the sources of political power in the Baltic states and understand the relationship between power, legitimacy and identity.

Particular attention will be paid to the changes set in train by resumption of independence in 1991 and this part of the course will analyse issues relating to nation-building; citizenship and integration; political institutions and party politics; the politics of foreign policy; the politics of socioeconomic change; EU and NATO enlargement and the problems of post-Enlargement. No prior knowledge is expected.

Further information on this course can be found here.