John Hiden and Thomas Lane (eds)
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This comprehensive account of the Baltic Security question contained contributions from Mieczyslaw Nurek, Rolf Ahmann, Anita Prazmowska, Patrick Salmon, Bogdan Koszel and Alfonsas Eidinta, as well as two chapters by the editors Hiden and Lane themselves.
The book originated in a conference held at the University of Bradford in 1990. The original intention of the conference was to mark the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. But with the kaleidoscopic changes involved in the disintegration of the former soviet union, the significance of Hiden and Lane's anthology now lies elsewhere. Hiden begins from the standpoint that historians of international relations between the wars have been preoccupied with events in London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow. Few, observed Hiden, have been long detained by the view from Helsinki and Stockholm, let alone that from Tallin, Riga and Kaunas. Hiden laments that it was as if the Baltic republics, like the other small states in South East and East Europe, had an existence which could be measured only in forms of what 'great' powers did to them.
So it is with some satisfaction that the author notes: