The essays in this collection present research on national, class, and gender identities in the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe being conducted by researchers based at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University, Stockholm. The contributors focus on transnational flow as they explore Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Polish, Russian, and Swedish instances, and the region at large. The studies examine fluid identities in a historical perspective and show how notions of identity have been naturalised in specific contexts.
This book is issued in conjunction with the fifteenth anniversary of the Swedish Institute of Contemporary History. By bringing to the public the most current findings in Baltic and East European studies and offering an overview of work done by the institute's researchers, it hopes to demonstrate the fruitfulness of opening contemporary history to broader regional and transnational approaches.
Dr Norbert Götz is professor of history at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University, Sweden.
1. Introduction: Collective Identities in Baltic and East Central Europe (Norbert Götz)
Part 1: National Identities
2. Fluctuating Dynastic and National Affiliation: The Impact of War and Unrest on Bornholm, Åland, and Saaremaa (Janne Holmén)
3. The Nordic Threat: Soviet Ethnic Cleansing on the Kola Peninsula (Andrej Kotljarchuk)
4. An Unimaginable Community: The SS Idea of a 'Greater Germanic Reich' and the German Minority in Denmark (Steffen Werther)
5. The Ambiguity of the West: Objectives of Polish Research Policy in the 1990s (Sofia Norling)
Part 2: Labour Identities
6. Lost Worlds of Labour: Paul Olberg, the Jewish Labour Bund, and Menshevik Socialism (Håkan Blomqvist)
7. From Fordism to High-Tech Capitalism: A Political Economy of the Labour Movement in the Baltic Sea Region (Werner Schmidt)
8. Solidarity and Diplomacy: Sweden and the Democratisation of Poland, 1980–1989 (Klaus Misgeld and Karl Molin)
Part 3: Gendered Identities
9. Gender Equality Policies: Swedish and Lithuanian Experiences of Nordic Ideas (Eva Blomberg, Ylva Waldemarson, and Alina Žvinklienė)
10. Group-Work on Gender Equality in Transnational Cooperation: Raising Feminist Consciousness or Diminishing Social Risks? (Yulia Gradskova)
11. Young Moldovan Women at the Crossroads: Between Patriarchy and Transnational Labour Markets (Kristina Abiala Part)
4: Environmental Awareness
12. Waves of Laws and Institutions: The Emergence of National Awareness of Water Pollution and Protection in the Baltic Sea Region over the Twentieth Century (Simo Laakkonen)
List of Illustrations, Maps, and Tables
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