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The Baltic: A New History of the Region and its People Hardcover – May 18, 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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With the collapse of Communist regimes in northeastern Europe, eminent British historian Palmer deems the time right for a unified history of the Baltic Sea region. He is well traveled in the Baltic and its littoral countries, and his mentions of historical sites, many damaged or places of sinister events in World War II, poignantly enhance the formal history he presents. It sweeps through the development of pagan tribes into embryonic nations and expanding empires and has an accompanying catalog of large-scale wars. In addition to this inland sea's factor in geopolitical, and especially naval, competition, Palmer pays heed to the significant advantages Baltic Sea communications conferred on its medieval merchants, whose cities of the Hanseatic League charm today's tourists. Over time, the surrounding kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, Poland, Lithuania, and Russia ascended and declined, with Palmer ably cloaking his expertise in his general-interest narrative of the Great Northern War, the partitions of Poland, and the convulsions of the twentieth century. A fine representative of the area's history, Palmer's work should enjoy longevity in libraries. Gilbert Taylor
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In this long-needed history of the peoples and nations surrounding the Baltic Sea, we pass through the legendary castles of Elsinore and Halsingborg to enter a unique landscape and culture. Alan Palmer traces the history of the Baltic region from its early Viking days and its time under the Byzantine Empire through its medieval prime when the Baltic Sea served as one of Europe's central trading grounds. Palmer addresses both the strong nationalist sentiments that have driven Baltic culture and the early attempts at Baltic unification by Sweden and Russia. The Baltic also dissects the politics and culture of the region in the twentieth century, when it played multiple historic roles: it was the Eastern Front in the First World War; the setting of early uprisings in the Russian Revolution; a land occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War; and, until very recently, a region dominated by the Soviets.

In the twenty-first century, increasing attention has been focused on the Baltic states as they grow into their own in spite of growing neo-imperialist pressure from post-Soviet Russia. In The Baltic, Alan Palmer provides readers with a detailed history of the nations and peoples that are now poised to emerge as some of Europe's most vital democracies.


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  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 158567446X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585674466
  • Hardcover : 448 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : The Overlook Press; 1st Edition (May 18, 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 28 ratings