The Baltic States under Stalin: The First Experiences, 1940–41

  • V. Stanley Vardys
Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series


In modern times the fortunes of the Baltic States and Poland have run a parallel course. This course has been determined by the German and Russian empires. If there is a historical law applicable to the region’s interrelationships it is that when the Russians are in alliance with the Germans or with powers which control central Europe, the Baltic States and Poland are subjugated; only the collapse of these empires makes freedom for these nations possible. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Rzeczpospolita, fell prey to Germanic-Russian connivance at the end of the eighteenth century. Poland and the Baltic States emerged as free nations only after the two empires collapsed following the First World War. Their independence was again lost as a result of the Hitler-Stalin conspiracy of 23 August 1939.


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© School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London 1991

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