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Posted on Nov 26, 2017

Nominations for Undergrad Paper Award

Has your student written a paper on a topic related to the Baltic States? Submit it for consideration  for the AABS Undergraduate Paper Award by March 15, 2018!  Nomination guidelines and instructions are available...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2016

Food Culture in the Baltic States receives Vitols Award

The Vilis Vitols Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Baltic Studies went to Diana Mincyte and Ulrike Plath for their editorship of and short introduction to special issue 46.3: Food Culture in the Baltic States. The award is usually presented to a writer of a specific article; however, the awards committee received so many positive comments from readers about the food issue that it decided to break with tradition and honor the editors. Every article in this issue speaks insightfully and eloquently to a topic that previously has not received much attention in the field of Baltic...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2016

AABS Awards Book Prize to Power of Song

Guntis Smidchens’ The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution (University of Washington Press) received the 2016 AABS book prize. Smidchens expertly depicts how music, specifically singing, was used as a form of nonviolent resistance to Soviet force by Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians during the period preceding independence. The book is meticulously researched, with more than 110 choral, rock, and folk songs used to support the thesis and illustrate the richness and beauty of Baltic song. Interested readers can acquire the book through Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/ or directly from the University of Washington Press website at...

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Posted on Aug 30, 2014

Memories and Facades: Award-winning Books Look at Baltic Region

The recipients of the biennial AABS Book Prize and the annual Vilis Vitols Award for Best Article were announced at the Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies. Two authors split the book award: Ellen Cassedy for We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (University of Nebraska Press) and Aldis Purs for Baltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania since 1945 (Reaktion Books—Contemporary Worlds.)   Epp Annus received the Vilis Vitols Award for 2012. Her article, “The Problem of Soviet Colonialism,” appeared in the Journal of Baltic Studies, issue 43.1. The 2013 award went to Kersti Lust for “The Impact of Baltic Emancipation Reforms on Peasant-Landlord Relations: A Historiographical Survey,” published in the Journal of Baltic Studies, issue...

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Posted on Jul 2, 2012

AABS Honors Outstanding Histories of the Baltic Countries

  This year two books shared the AABS book prize for an outstanding English-language scholarly book in Baltic Studies (humanities and social sciences) published in 2010 or 2011. AABS honors Andres Kasekamps’ A History of the Baltic States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Andrejs Plakans’ A Concise History of the Baltic States (Cambridge University Press, 2011). These two books were selected because they represent the best overviews of Baltic history published since Reinhard Wittram’s seminal work Baltische Geschichte (1954), extending their analysis to Lithuania along with Estonia and Latvia. Translations of both books into languages spoken throughout the Baltic region have been published or are in the publication...

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Posted on Jul 2, 2012

2012 Vilis Vitols Prize Winners for Best JBS Articles

  Alan V. Murray is recognized for his article “The Saracens of the Baltic: Pagan and Christian Lithuanians in the Perception of English and French Crusaders to Late Medieval Prussia,” which appeared in the December 2010 issue of the JBS. Dr. Murray presents a variety of evidence from narrative and documentary sources to demonstrate that the Western European term “Saracen” – originally applied to Arab invaders of the Byzantine Empire and by the fourteenth century a generic term for pagans – became a convenient tool which Western crusaders used to raise the prestige of their campaigns in the Baltic by comparing them to campaigns in the Holy Land, and also a label for denigrating their Lithuanian opponents even after the Lithuanians had abandoned paganism. Liina Lukas is honored for her article “Estonian Folklore as a Source of Baltic-German Poetry,” which appeared in the December 2011 issue of the JBS. There has been an assumption that in the centuries during which Estonians and Latvians shared the southern Baltic littoral with...

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