Latvia : : a short history

Title Latvia : : a short history
Names Kalnins, Mara.
Length 11 hours, 26 minutes
Book Number DB115539
Title Status Active
Narrator Holmes, George.
Language English
Annotation "The history of the Latvian people begins some four and a half millennia ago with the arrival of the proto-Baltic Indo-Europeans to northern Europe. One branch of these migrants coalesced into a community which evolved a distinctive and remarkably robust culture and language, and which eventually developed into a loose federation of tribal kingdoms that stretched from the shores of the Baltic sea to the upper Dniepr river. But these small independent kingdoms were unable to resist the later invasion of the Teutonic Knights in 1201, an invasion that initiated nearly eight hundred years of helotry for the Latvians in their own domains. In the centuries of domination by successive European powers that followed, the inhabitants nonetheless preserved a powerful sense of identity, fostered by their ancient language, oral literature, songs and customs. These in turn informed and gave impetus to the rise of national consciousness in the nineteenth century and the political activities of the twentieth which brought the modern nation-state of Latvia into being. This book traces the genesis and growth of that nation, its endurance over centuries of conquest and oppression, the process by which it achieved its independence, and its status as a member of the European community in the twenty-first century." -- Provided by publisher.
Medium Digital Books
Audience Notes Male narrator. NLS/BPH
Local Subject Nonfiction
United States - History - 973
World History - 900W
Europe - Russia & Eastern Europe - 947
History - Europe - 940
LC Subject Latvia - Civilization
Latvia - History
Latvia - Politics and government
Call Number 947.96 ANF
Released 2024
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, 2024 (Astoria Media Incorporated, recording studio)
Original Publication Recorded from: [London, UK] : Hurst & Company, 2015. 9781849046060
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