Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Krūmiņš's calculations appear to show that, actually, Latvia – in common with all of the Baltic states – was a net contributor to the Soviet budgetContinue Reading →

Creators of Independent States: Latvia, Lithuania and Jelgava Gymnasium

Creators of Independent States: Latvia, Lithuania and Jelgava Gymnasium

The story of how a remarkable school in the southern Latvian city of Jelgava, became a place of disproportionate importance for two Baltic nations – not only Latvia, but also…Continue Reading →

Frontnieki: the Formation of the Latvian National Communists Who Challenged Moscow

Frontnieki: the Formation of the Latvian National Communists Who Challenged Moscow

Who exactly were these national communists and how did they form a faction that presented the greatest challenge to Soviet Centre-periphery relations in the post-war era?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 →

Digging Up Old Wars: On the Road with Latvia’s Explosive Ordnance Soldiers

Digging Up Old Wars: On the Road with Latvia’s Explosive Ordnance Soldiers

While the Latvian Land Forces are busy training for future confrontations, Pūce and his techs are busy “rendering safe” explosives left behind from the Soviet occupation.Continue Reading →

The “New Russian Empire” and the Baltic States: an Interview with Agnia Grigas

The “New Russian Empire” and the Baltic States: an Interview with Agnia Grigas

"Moscow has long relied on ethnic politics to achieve their aims of weakening and destabilizing their neighbours or newly conquered territories."Continue Reading →

“I Want To Stay Here”: A Chat with Gambian Jallo in Latvian

“I Want To Stay Here”: A Chat with Gambian Jallo in Latvian

"I can’t speak about the future, but I think that there is a lot that I will be able to give to Latvia."Continue Reading →

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Frequently, in discussions with people about the depopulation and decline of their town, they will point to Ventspils as an example of what could be done.Continue Reading →

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

"First, we had to compose a song about Latvia, a country we had never visited, based entirely on our own imagination..."Continue Reading →

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

"Marienburg is a vast city equal in size with London, planned with perfect regularity both architecturally and in its social organization."Continue Reading →

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

We aim to hack the invisible city, leverage the secret strengths of urban spaces, and explore how the many characters, all the different layers of the urban fabric come togetherContinue Reading →