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Between political rhetoric and realpolitik calculations: western diplomacy and the baltic independence struggle in the Cold War endgame

By Kristina Spohr Readman

Abstract

Fifteen years after the Baltic SSRs' independence declarations, this article sheds new light on the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian struggle to regain statehood in the context of international relations between 1988 and 1991. Based on declassified archival sources from Western and Eastern archives, memoirs and official histories, it reveals the nature of 'Western' Baltic policies and analyses how (far) they impacted on the Soviet Union's demise. Second, the role universal normative values played in Western, Soviet and Baltic politics will be discussed in historical perspective; with the article concluding by offering some reflections on the general relationship between political rhetoric and foreign policy

Topics: D History (General), D901 Europe (General)
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:32161
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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