Nordic by Nordic East: Estonia’s Regional Identity

Nordic by Nordic East: Estonia’s Regional Identity

Because Estonians are ethnically a Fennic people and speak a Fennic language, many are drawing closer to the idea of presenting a regional Nordic identity to the wider world.Continue Reading →

The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

“Thank you, Lithuanians, for this hill of crosses which testifies to the nations of Europe, and to the whole world, the faith of the people of this land.”Continue Reading →

Tapping Trees, Drinking Light: Baltic Birch Juice

Tapping Trees, Drinking Light: Baltic Birch Juice

For Lithuanians, forests were and are sacred places, with some venerable groves being even more sacred than others.Continue Reading →

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Since last summer, the 50mm Vilnius blog has carried a daily photo of Lithuania's beautiful capital, showing one of its many different sides...Continue Reading →

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

For almost half a century, my grandfather stubbornly maintained the New York Consulate of prewar independent Lithuania in a cramped rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.Continue Reading →

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven was the only Western journalist permanently stationed in the Baltic states during the most dramatic years of their struggle for independence.Continue Reading →

From East Asia via Great Britain: the Story of Estonia and Latvia’s National Game

From East Asia via Great Britain: the Story of Estonia and Latvia’s National Game

Novuss is the national game of Latvia; Koroona is the national game of Estonia. But what are these games and where did they come from?Continue Reading →