Vardys, V. Stanley
April 1966
Foreign Affairs;Apr1966, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p512
The article examines how the Leninist nationality policy of the Soviet Union has affected the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian national personalities. The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which had been independent between the two world wars, were annexed by the Kremlin in June of 1940, during the dramatic days when Paris fell to the Germans, and became republics of the Soviet Union. At present one of the main Communist propaganda themes aimed at the postwar generation of Baits is that the independence of their parents was a historical mistake, a deviation from their manifest destiny to be part of Russia. In the Soviet view, Baltic countries should not be independent; their national survival and progress can be assured only by the Leninist nationality policy of the U.S.S.R. This article aims to describe how the policy has affected the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian national personalities and how the native Communist elites have responded to the integration of their republics into the Soviet Union.


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