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Experiencing Totalitarianism: The Invasion and Occupation of Latvia by the USSR and Nazi Germany 1939-1991

Andrejs Plakans

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Paperback. 404 pages. Dimensions: 10.9in. x 8.2in. x 1.0in.In the course of World War II, the Republic of Latvia was occupied and annexed by the USSR in June of 1940. A year of sovietization was followed by four years of another occupation (1944-1945)- this time by the army of Hitlers Third Reich. After Germanys defeat, the Soviet occupation returned, lasting for the next forty-five years. The book is a documentary history of the presence of these two totalitarian great powers on Latvias soil, the administrations they created, the policies they implemented, and the institutions of control they developed. Containing some previously published documents (mostly concerning the German occupation), the bulk of the collection consists of the English-language translations of documents from the much longer Soviet period. The latter ended up in the national archives of Latvia after the collapse of the USSR and the renewal of Latvian independence. A particularly noteworthy component of the Soviet-era documents are the internal reports (often marked top secret) of the Soviet-era Latvian KGB, the internal memoranda of the Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party, and the correspondence between the Latvian Party and its Moscow superiors. The subjects covered include the behavior of the Soviet army on Latvian soil, the sovietization of the Latvian economy, control over churches, punishment of dissidents, dealing with the Latvian migr community, the treatment of the so-called national communists, and the successful drive for independence from 1987 onward. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781434315731

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Synopsis: In the course of World War II, the Republic of Latvia was occupied and annexed by the USSR in June of 1940. A year of sovietization was followed by four years of another occupation (1944-1945)- this time by the army of Hitler's Third Reich. After Germany's defeat, the Soviet occupation returned, lasting for the next forty-five years. The book is a documentary history of the presence of these two totalitarian "great powers" on Latvia's soil, the administrations they created, the policies they implemented, and the institutions of control they developed. Containing some previously published documents (mostly concerning the German occupation), the bulk of the collection consists of the English-language translations of documents from the much longer Soviet period. The latter ended up in the national archives of Latvia after the collapse of the USSR and the renewal of Latvian independence. A particularly noteworthy component of the Soviet-era documents are the internal reports (often marked "top secret") of the Soviet-era Latvian KGB, the internal memoranda of the Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party, and the correspondence between the Latvian Party and its Moscow superiors. The subjects covered include the behavior of the Soviet army on Latvian soil, the sovietization of the Latvian economy, control over churches, punishment of dissidents, dealing with the Latvian émigré community, the treatment of the so-called "national communists," and the successful drive for independence from 1987 onward.

About the Author: Andrejs Plakans is professor of history (emeritus) at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Born in Riga, Latvia in 1940, he and his family left Latvia for Germany in 1994 and immigrated to the USA in 1951. He received a B.A. degree in history at Franklin and Marshall College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He is the author of Kinship in the Past: An Historical Anthropology of European Family Life 1500-1900 (Basil Blackwell, 1984), and The Latvians: A Short History (Hoover Institution Press, 1995), and coeditor (with Tamara K. Hareven) of Family History at the Crossroads: Linking Familial and Historical Change (Princeton University Press, 1987). A past president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, since 1990 he has been a foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia, an editorial board member of Latvijas vestures instituta ?urnals (since 1991) and Latvijas arhivi (since 1999, and a member of the Baltische Historische Kommission (in Gottingen, Germany) since 1985.

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