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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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Posted on Jul 1, 2011

2010-2011 AABS Book Prize Recipients

Andres Kasekamps A History of the Baltic States (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010) Andrejs Plakans A Concise History of the Baltic States (Cambridge University Press,...

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Posted on Jul 1, 2009

2008-2009 AABS Book Prize Recipients

Laima Laučkaitė, Art in Vilnius 900-1915 (Vilnius: Baltos Lankos, 2008) According to the recommendation by the AABS reviewers, Art in Vilnius is a “pioneering study in art history and the city of Vilnius. It presents Vilnius as a multicultural city in which different ethnic-national cultures overlap but also pursue their own agendas, and it is beautifully illustrated.” The review noted that the period 1900-1915 is a crucial one both for the development of art and for the development of national identity in the city. “What is particularly interesting is the book’s sophisticated approach which begins with different national groups producing art in the city (Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, Russians), then goes into specific artists in more depth (two Poles and one Lithuanian), followed by a discussion of the “Avant-Garde” and “Belle Époque” in Vilnius. It is a informative, stimulating, and engrossing...

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Posted on Jul 1, 2007

2006-2007 AABS Book Prize Recipients

Katrina Z.S. Schwartz Nature and National Identity after Communism: Globalizing the Ethnoscape (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) Iveta Silova From Sites of Occupation to Symbols of Multiculturalism: Reconceptualizing Minority Education in Post-Soviet Latvia (IAP, 2006) Honorable Mention: Jeff Johnson The New Theatre of the Baltic States: From Soviet to Western Influence in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (McFarland,...

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