English book examines Baltic independence

The English-language version of a book examining the Baltic road to independence from 1988-1991 is being released Dec. 8, the publisher has announced.

The Baltic Way to Freedom is the translation of Baltijas brīvības ceļš, which was published in May in Latvian, the publishing house Zelta grauds announced in a press release. The three-year period includes the 1988 formation of the Latvian People’s Front (Latvijas Tautas fronte) as well as the August 1991 events that led to the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The book is compiled by Jānis Škapars, chair of the Latvian Intelligence Association (Latvijas Inteliģences apvienība), and includes 170 photographs and works by 50 authors from the Baltic republics, Sweden, Germany, Iceland, the United States and European Union institutions, the publisher said.

Copies of the book will be presented to embassies in Latvia as well as to the national libraries of their home countries.

A Latvian version was published on May 3 on the 15th anniversary of the 1990 declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.

A Russian version of the book is to be published next year.

The Baltic Way to Freedom

The English version of a book examining the Baltic republics’ path to freedom is being released in Dec. 8.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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