Professor presents the Polish version of a successful monography A History of the Baltic States
On April 9, Andres Kasekamp, the Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu presents the Polish version of his monography A History of the Baltic States, which made it to the Top 10 of the best-selling books in Estonia in 2011.
Andres Kasekamp's A History of Baltic States is the first general treatment of a single author about the history of the Baltic States that connectedly and comparatively follows the histories of the three Baltic States starting from the arrival of the first inhabitants into the region, conquer of Livonia in crusades and the rise of Lithuania as one of the most powerful medieval countries in Europe until the unification of the region with Russian Empire and the creation of contemporary national identity.
With his scientific activities, Kasekamp wishes to introduce the Baltic contemporary history to the world. "For me it is an exciting challenge to perform in front of Polish scientists and students because the history of Poland is closely connected with the history of the Baltic States, especially Lithuania, and there are still sharp differences regarding history between the Polish and the Lithuanians.
Based on the most recent scientific works, Kasekamp pays special attention to the tempestuous 20th century, during which the Baltic States gained their independence but also had to tolerate the occupations of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The book also includes an overview of how the Baltic States regained their independence and became the members of the European Union.
Originally published in England, A History of the Baltic States (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) has also been published in Latvian and will soon be translated into Finnish as well. On April 9, Kasekamp presents the Polish version of the book Historia państw bałtyckich in the Polish Institute of International Affairs, which will be followed by a lecture on the same topic in the University of Warsaw.
Kasekamp's monography has been awarded with the Baltic Assembly Prize in science in 2011 and the book award of the Association for the Advancement of the Baltic Studies (USA).
Additional information: Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu, e-mail: Andres.Kasekamp [ät] ut.ee.