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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Vilis Vītols Article Prize Winners for 2016 and 2017

AABS awards the Vilis Vītols prize to the best article each year published in the Journal of Baltic Studies. 2017 Prize: “Liberals and nationalism: E. H. Carr, Walter Lippmann and the Baltic States from 1918 to 1944” by Kaarel Piirimäe. The review committee commented that this “article that touches on all three Baltic states, but in its discussions of geopolitics and the history of the perceptions of nationalism, it has implications beyond the field of Baltic studies. It is also well written and accessible to non-specialists.” 2016 Prize: JBS 47/1, A Postcolonial View on Soviet Era Baltic Cultures (special issue) edited by Epp Annus. In awarding the 2016 prize to a special issue of the Journal of Baltic Studies, the committee commended it as “a theoretically rich collection of articles exploring three Baltic...

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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 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

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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