[H-verkko] CFP: The Baltic Sea Region and the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
The Baltic Sea Region and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
We invite contributions to a new edited volume in the series Tartu Historical
Studies published by the international academic publisher Peter Lang. The topic
of the new collection is going to be the end of the Cold War and the collapse of
the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea region. This volume is a timely sequel to
other collections published in the series, including the most recent:

Tõnu Tannberg (ed.), Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Estonia in the Era of the
Cold War(Peter Lang, 2015);

James S. Corum, Olaf Mertelsmann, Kaarel Piirimäe, (eds.), The Second World War
and the Baltic States (Peter Lang, 2014);

Olaf Mertelsmann, Kaarel Piirimäe, (eds.), The Baltic Sea Region and the Cold
War (Peter Lang, 2012).


Recent years have witnessed an increased interest in the late period of the Cold
War. Partly as a result of the opening of state archives, but partly also
because of the apparent end of the post-Cold War era, historians are beginning
to revise earlier interpretations of the end of the Cold War. With Russia under
Vladimir Putin challenging and revising the post-1991 status quo in Europe, with
the integrationist project of the European Union in crisis and European
economies stagnating, the ideals, visions and developments of the late 1980s and
the early 1990s appear in a different light than just a few years ago.

The volume’s focus on the Baltic Sea region will hopefully offer interesting
perspectives on the transformation of the European system at the end of the Cold
War: the collapse of the USSR, the unique integration process in Western Europe
and the extension of Western institutions and traditions toward the East. The
Baltic states went through an unprecedented reform of their economies from a
command system to market economy, riding the high wave of neoliberalism in the
West. The critical choices of political actors of the late 1980s and the early
1990s still seem to shape the orientation and outlook of the countries in the
region. As 25 years will soon be passing since the restoration of the Baltic
states in 1991, it is fitting to have a fresh look on those transformative


We look forward to contributions on the following topics (keeping to the
timeframe of the 1980s and the early 1990s):

* Baltic countries under Soviet rule

* Baltic Revolutions 1987-1991 and foreign perceptions thereof

* The changing strategic outlook in the Baltic region

* Baltic perspectives on international politics and economics

* Political, cultural and economic interactions of Nordic, Central European and
Baltic countries

* Diplomatic history in the Baltic Sea region

* The Baltic diaspora


Please contact Dr. Kaarel Piirimäe (Kaarel.Piirimae at ut.ee) to submit a short
outline of the paper (max. 200 words) and a brief CV.

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Pauli Heikkilä <heikkila at ut.ee>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 1.12.2015
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