Piip, Meierovics and Voldemaras

Piip, Meierovics and Voldemaras

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Conflict on the borders of the Russian Empire, whatever the complexion of the government controlling it, has been a constant feature of the past 90 years, most recently with Russia's brief war with Georgia in August 2008. In 1919, as the smaller nations on Russia's borders sought self-determination while the Civil War raged between the Whites and the Bolsheviks, the Paris Peace Conference struggled with a situation complicated by mutually exclusive aims. The Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were seen by both the Russians and the Western Allies as a protective buffer for their own territory, which led to the curious situation that the Peace Conference requested German troops to remain temporarily in the Baltic territory they had occupied during the First World War to block the westward spread of the Bolshevik Revolution. The ongoing civil war in Russia further complicated the issue, because if the Whites should win and restore the legitimate' Russian government, the Peace Conference could not divide up the territory of a power that had been one of the original members of the Entente.
The US politician Herbert Hoover described Russia as Banquo's ghost' at the Paris Peace Conference, an invisible but influential presence, and nowhere can this be more clearly seen than in the deliberations over the Baltic States.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 23mm | 421g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5
  • 1905791712
  • 9781905791712
  • 757,398

About Charlotte Alston

Dr Charlotte Alston is Lecturer in History in the School of History and International Affairs at Ulster University. Her interests are in international history between 1890 and 1945, media history, and the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly relations between Russia/Eastern Europe and the West. Her publications include Russia's Greatest Enemy? Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions (2007), and papers such as "The Suggested Basis for a Russian Federal Republic": Britain. Professor Alan Sharp is Provost of the Coleraine Campus at the University of Ulster. He joined the History Department at Ulster in 1971 and has been successively Professor of International Studies, a post in which he helped to set up degrees in International Studies and, later, International Politics and Head of the School of History and International Affairs. His major publications include The Versailles Settlement: Peacemaking in Paris, 1919 (1991) amongst others.
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