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Our quest is to to find and preserve long forgotten pieces of paper holding accounts of the Baltic past, produced during the times they describe—or accounts by those who were there to experience events. The purpose? To see the Baltics through the eyes of their times, no hindsight, no spin doctoring. Our search for objectivity also extends to present, to disseminate reputable scholarship to counter the mischaracterizations and misperceptions which still envelope the Baltics more than two decades after they regained independence.

The Baltic past is rich in ancient cultural treasures and in the geopolitical lessons it teaches, as relevant to today as when Count Shuvalov, Russian governor-general of the Baltic provinces, first stated:

“The historical mission of the Baltic provinces is to serve as a battlefield for the problems of the highest politics in Europe.”

That role continues even today as the Baltics find themselves between an autocratic-leaning Russia flush with energy revenues and a Western Europe seeking to fashion them into a geopolitical "front-line" of democracies.

Yet, the significance of the Baltics is not that they have been a battlefield for eight centuries—their significance is that those eight centuries are but a fraction of the millennia the Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians have lived and thrived along the Baltic coast as stewards of some of Europe's oldest and richest cultures.

Our digital collection brings the Baltic past out of obscurity to light for a new century and millenium.

New and notable

Naum Granovsky, a Soviet-era photographer best known for his iconic large-format glass plate images of Moscow, is credited with the pictures in this tourist album--in 8 languages (!). A tradition of painting over authoritarian reality in Russia dating back to the original Potemkin village, including some heavy-handed work here. http://latvians.com/index.php?en%2FCFBH%2FRigaSoviet%2Findex.ssi

Sat, 29 Nov 2014
We're restarting our project in progress to digitize an ORIGINAL Junkers DP Camp report and hope to have that done before the end of the year. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here's the photo of the front gate included in the report.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014
We've added another of the women's folk costume fold-outs in our collection, this one of Smiltene.

Latvia and Latvians - Smiltene Women's Folk Costume
Latvia and the Baltics - Heritage and culture, reference, personal perspectives, news Wed, 08 Oct 2014
We've added our review of Anton Weiss-Wendt's "Murder Without Hatred: Estonians and the Holocaust"

Book review!
latvians.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014
We've added our review of Sean M. McAteer's "500 Days: The War in Eastern Europe, 1944-1945"

Book review!
Latvia and the Baltics - Heritage and culture, reference, personal perspectives, news Sat, 20 Sep 2014
Our LATVIANS.COM mailer/blog, on yet another hiatus, has returned, covering Peters' recent attendance at the second U.S. conference on preserving Latvian diaspora history. We're also glad to announce we've restored our Biographies and Book Reviews content, now under CfBH, and made accessing news simpler and more direct.

Latvia and Latvians - Latvian mailer and blog / September 16 2014
Latvia and the Baltics - Heritage and culture, reference, personal perspectives, news Thu, 18 Sep 2014
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