The Baltic States and Their Region: New Europe Or Old?

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David James Smith
Rodopi, 2005 - Political Science - 322 pages
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With EU and NATO membership for the Baltic States now a reality, this volume examines the relationship of the three countries, their constituent peoples and their surrounding region to the wider Europe, both historically and in the period since 1991. In particular, the contributors seek to locate the Baltic area within the manifold debates surrounding the concepts of "new" and "old". Europe, including those occasioned by the current conflict in Iraq. Covering issues of identity, sovereignty, minority rights, security and relations with Russia the work assesses the likely contribution of this region to an enlarged Euro-Atlantic community. It will appeal to specialists and students in the fields of area studies, history, politics and international relations.
 

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Contents

Editors introduction
1
the American challenge to Finnish identity
11
transatlantic tensions and the dilemma of dual loyalty
41
the case of Europes north
67
A new Europe challenges the old?
87
the Baltic States and Kaliningrad
115
the emergence of Lithuanian populism
143
implications for EU enlargement
159
from League to Union
185
Nonterritorial cultural autonomy as a Baltic contribution to Europe between the wars
211
one of historys curiosities?
227
The noncitizens of the EU
251
a neoGramscian perspective on the global and the local
275
The gatekeeper hinge concept and the promotion of Estonian Latvian and Lithuanian newpostmodern security agendas
293
the warning example of TartuPskov
313
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