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Posted on Jan 12, 2015

JBS Vo. 45, Issue 4 (December 2014)

  Foreign Policy “On the Cheap”: Latvia’s Foreign Policy Experience from the Economic Crisis Didzis Kļaviņš, Toms Rostoks & Žaneta Ozoliņa Cultural Autonomy of National Minorities in Estonia: The Erosion of a Promise Mikko Lagerspetz Populism in the Manifestos of Latvian Political Parties: Increasingly Used but Ineffective? Ilze Balcere Cultural Prototypes of the Successful Entrepreneur: Comparison of Estonia and the United States Tiit Elenurm, Ruth Alas, Elizabeth J. Rozell, Wesley A. Change in Language of Instruction in Russian Medium Schools: Multilevel Analysis of Attitudes and Language Proficiency Anu Masso & Maie Soll Detailed information and abstracts are available at Taylor & Francis...

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Posted on Oct 2, 2012

Journal of Baltic Studies Vol. 43, Issue 3

  “Transnational Contacts and Cross-Fertilization Among Baltic Historians in Exile, 1968-1991” by Toivo Raun “Making Use of the Past: The Role of Historians in Baltic Sea Region Building” by Marta Grezchnik “‘The highest flights of circumlocutory art’: Britain, Latvia and Recognizing the Soviet Annexation of 1940” by Geoffrey Swain “How Normal is Normalization? The Discourses Shaping Finnish and Russian Speakers’ Attitudes Toward Estonian Language Policy” by Delaney Michael Skerrett “Explaining Electoral Reforms in Lithuania” by Žilvinas Martinaitis “Performative Translation Options Under The Soviet Regime” by Anne...

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Posted on May 27, 2012

JBS Special Issue on Child Language Acquisition

Journal of Baltic Studies, vol. 43, issue 2 (2012) Special Issue: Child Language Acquisition Research in the Baltic Area “Classical Studies on the Acquisition of Russian as a First Language (1900-1950): An Overview” by Maria D. Voeikova “Gender Differences in Language Acquisition: A Case Study of Lithuanian Diminutives” by Ineta Dabašinskienė “Interrogatives in Russian and Lithuanian Child-Directed Speech: Do We Communicate with Our Children in the Same Way?” by Victoria V. Kazakovskaya* & Ingrida Balčiūnienė “Emergence and Early Acquisition of the Adjective Inflection in Estonian” by Reili Argus “Morphosyntactic Features of Lithuanian Adjective Acquisition” by Laura Kamandulytė-Merfeldienė “Acquisition of the Impersonal Voice by an Estonian Child” by Reeli Torn-Leesik* & Maigi Vija “Children’s Explanations of the Concept of Future in Latvian” by Dace...

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Posted on Mar 27, 2012

Journal of Baltic Studies: Changes and Challenges (Discussion)

In response to an invitation by professor Guntis Šmidchens, I am sharing a few observations about the development of the Journal of Baltic Studies. These are personal reflections of a regular reader and contributor…The noteworthy activities include the exchange of scholarly views, and the dissemination of knowledge, with the purpose of advancing the accumulation of knowledge of all aspects of the Baltic Sea region…I am also reminded of the debates that preceded the journal. There were questions of strategic principles. Would a journal generate respectable research about the Baltics? Or, would it be a publication of the last resort for marginal explorations? Would it help raise the scholarly reputation of the AABS and its members? To read Dr. King’s full comments on the Journal of Baltic Studies, please download Gundar King JBS discussion.pdf We welcome your comments on the Journal of Baltic Studies. Comments and responses can be sent to Amanda Swain, newsletter...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2012

Journal of Baltic Studies, Vol. 43, issue 1 (2012)

Stefan Donecker,” An Itinerant Sheep, and The Origins of The Livonians: Friedrich Menius’s Syntagma De Origine Livonorum (1635)” During the 1630s, Friedrich Menius, professor of history at the University of Dorpat, was the first scholar to investigate the ethnic origins and the ancestry of Estonians and Latvians at an academic level. His treatise, entitled Syntagma de origine Livonorum, has nevertheless been largely ignored by later generations. This is mainly due to Menius’s bad reputation as an academic adventurer and notorious troublemaker. The present paper intends to examine Menius’s theories, place them in the context of early modern intellectual history, and interpret them as an expression of the worldview and mindset of a seventeenth-century Livonian scholar.   Epp Annus, “The Problem of Soviet Colonialism in the Baltics” This essay works through some of the necessary preliminary questions in thinking about Soviet colonialism in the Baltics. It opens by tracing the prehistory of critical thinking about Soviet colonialism in the 1960s and considers why the topic of Soviet colonialism has not...

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