Professor Kasekamp Presents Finnish Version of Prizewinning and Bestselling Monograph
On the 26 October at Helsinki Book Fair, Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics of the University of Tartu, will present the Finnish version “Baltian historia” of the monograph “Balti riikide ajalugu” which reached the Top 10 of the bestselling books of 2011 in Estonia.
Through his research, Kasekamp wishes to introduce the contemporary history of the Baltic States to the world. “Even though the Finns are our neighbours and they are interested in Estonia, there are few scientific approaches on the history of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Finnish. The histories of Finland and the Baltic States have a lot in common but there are considerable differences, too,” said Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics of the University of Tartu.
“Balti riikide ajalugu” by Andres Kasekamp is the first general approach to the history of the Baltic States by a single author which follows the history of all three Baltic States in relation and in comparison to one another from the arrival of the first inhabitants in the area, the conquest of Livonia in crusades and the rise of Lithuania to one of the most powerful countries in the medieval Europe to the incorporation of the region into the Russian Empire and to the formation of the national identity in Modern Times.
Based on the newest research, Kasekamp focuses especially on the turbulent 20th century during which the Baltic States became independent but also were forced to endure the occupations of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The book also provides an overview on how the Baltic States regained their independence and how they became Member States of the European Union.
The book originally called “A History of the Baltic States” which was published in the United Kingdom (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) was published in Estonian as “Balti riikide ajalugu” and made it to the Top 10 of bestselling books in Estonia. The book has also been published in Latvian and Polish languages and next year a translation into Japanese may be expected. The Finnish version of the book is published by Vastapaino Publishing.
The monograph of Kasekamp has been awarded the Baltic Assembly Prize and the book award of Advancement of Baltic Studies“ (USA).