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'The Baltic Story - A Thousand-Year History of its Lands, Sea and Peoples'

A debut book by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, recounting the shared history of the countries around the Baltic, from the events of a thousand years ago to today.

Never before has a book encompassed the breadth of knowledge contained in ‘The Baltic Story’. Deftly bringing together nine countries and multiple personal accounts, Boggis-Rolfe explores the effect of conflict and war in an approachable way for both the academic and general reader. It shows the ties of blood and commerce that have bound the different lands which now lie in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Western Russia and eastern Germany, and the growth of autocracy, from Denmark’s absolutist kings to the opulent world of the eighteenth-century Russian empresses. It analyses the period of the Enlightenment and how its thinking influenced Denmark and Sweden, rocking the monarchies. It also explores the threat of Napoleon’s France to the Baltic and the impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, which led to the radical re-shaping of the region.

For a copy of the press release: PDF.

There is a book launch being held at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town in London on Thursday 2nd May with a talk by the author and a book signing at 6.30-8.15pm. Link to the event: Owl Bookshop