History as Politics: Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Soviet Latvia (Geschichte als Politikum: Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur) explores post-Communist Latvia, a restored independent state, which emerged from the ashes of the Soviet Union facing a range of challenges. The Soviet period had transformed the region, leaving sizeable Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states. As Latvia sought membership in the European Union and NATO, its treatment of national minorities came into the spotlight, viewed as inter-ethnic conflict by international observers.
Wendy Z. Goldman, Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, is a social and political historian of Russia. She has published numerous books and articles on women, workers, family policy, and repression in the USSR.
with commentators Paulina Alberto, University of Michigan, and Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh