The three "Baltic states"-Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania--are commonly regarded by outsiders as a single entity. In reality, these are separate, quite distinct countries, each continually struggling to find their own place within Europe while preserving their local identity.
Baltic Facades presents a radical new reading of the region, one that dispels the myth of a single, coherent Baltic identity. Instead Aldis Purs takes account of the uniqueness of each of these countries, while also examining the shared anxiety that the people of Estonia, Latvian and Lithuania feel about their own identities and how others see them. Purs locates the three countries within the larger context of European history, developing a thematic framework that places contemporary events in a longer perspective than traditional Cold War inspired views of the region.
Aldis Purs (Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Scandinavian Studies) has published widely on the Baltic region, including The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (co-authored with Artis Pabriks et al., 2002).