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The Second World War and the Baltic States


Edited By James S. Corum, Olaf Mertelsmann and Kaarel Piirimäe

This volume places the history of the Second World War and the Baltic states into a multidisciplinary and international perspective. It includes contributions from the fields of diplomacy, strategy, military operations, intelligence and propaganda. It presents not only a multi-layered interpretation of a region affected by total war, but also reveals a great deal about the nature of that conflict. It discusses the attitudes of the great powers towards small states, the nature of military operations around the advent of mechanization and close air support, and techniques of population control and of steering opinion in the era of ideological regimes. Contributions on these topics add to our understanding of the Second World War as a pivotal event in the history of Europe in the 20 th century.
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List of Contributors


Dr Kari Alenius is Associate Professor at the Department of History at the University of Oulu, Finland.

Dr James S. Corum, Lt. Col. (ret.), is Dean of the Baltic Defence College.

Dr Louis Clerc works as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Contemporary History in the University of Turku, Finland.

David M. Glantz, Col. (ret.), is Editor of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.

Dr Thierry Grosbois is chargé de cours associé at the University of Luxembourg.

Dr Pauli Heikkilä is a Research Fellow in Contemporary History at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Toomas Hiio is Deputy Director of the Estonian War Museum in Tallinn.

Valdis Kuzmins works at the Latvian War Museum in Riga.

Dr Olaf Mertelsmann is Associate Professor in Contemporary History at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

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