“The Forest Is in Our DNA”: Lithuania’s Ancient Woods

“The Forest Is in Our DNA”: Lithuania’s Ancient Woods

"We can be proud that we have these in Lithuania, because in Western Europe these were already gone a hundred years ago"Continue Reading →

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

“In total, these 172 letters were signed by 1,965 people. There were 1,964 votes against the construction of the metro."Continue Reading →

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Beginnings

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Beginnings

Riga was down for a metro – a formally and conceptually adventurous system that would have been the most expensive ever built in the Soviet UnionContinue Reading →

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

North Estonian came to dominate in the 19th century and became the basis for modern standard Estonian, while South Estonian declinedContinue Reading →

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

"They helped audiences to learn to see... not only to watch, but to see. To see and think and read between the lines."Continue Reading →

How Baltic Refugees Returned from North American Exile to Lead their Countries

How Baltic Refugees Returned from North American Exile to Lead their Countries

“My parents fled terror in Estonia in World War Two, which is why I have this accent.”Continue Reading →

“Kas ir Hipsteri?” – Changing Times in a Small Latvian City

“Kas ir Hipsteri?” – Changing Times in a Small Latvian City

Cēsis has changed rather a lot in the last few years, probably more than any other single town in Latvia, and the best place to get the measure of these…Continue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

"We consider [the Soviet Union and Russia] to be synonymous, don't we?"Continue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

"Hee vanquished the armie of the king of Lettowe, with the captiuitie of foure Lithuanian Dukes and the slaughter of three..."Continue Reading →

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

“If I said Will, it would sound like I had suddenly said something in a foreign language”.Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Minority: Latvia’s Poles Through Independence and Occupation

The Forgotten Minority: Latvia’s Poles Through Independence and Occupation

In the chaotic years after the Russian Revolution and the country’s withdrawal from World War I, Latvia and Poland became natural allies against both Russia and GermanyContinue Reading →

The Benefits of Being Baltic

The Benefits of Being Baltic

Estonian and Latvian history over the last few hundred years has, in its broad outlines, been almost identicalContinue Reading →