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 →

Forest Portraits, Forest People: the Pictures of Jane Remm

Forest Portraits, Forest People: the Pictures of Jane Remm

Estonia has one of the highest levels of forest cover of any nation in Europe, with almost half of the whole territory of the country made up of forests.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 →

“Ground” – Haunting Photos of Industry and the Baltic Winter

“Ground” – Haunting Photos of Industry and the Baltic Winter

Ground is a cartographic project of sorts, one which points out transport arteries such as train tracks, roads, pipelines, high voltage transmission 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 →

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 →

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Hide and Seek; Būda, Lithuania; November, 1950Continue Reading →

Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Born into a poor farming family in 1909, Cvirka's tangled legacy forms a metaphor for all the paradoxes and complexities of the Soviet era in Eastern Europe.Continue Reading →