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The Nordic and Baltic States in the European Political Imagination

The inter-disciplinary seminar series on The Nordic and Baltic States in the European Political Imagination brings together historians and social scientists to analyse an under-researched region that is of particular interest both from the academic and the British perspective.

It contains states with similar population sizes and strong cultural and economic links that have had very different recent histories. The Nordic/Baltic region combines established, aligned and non-aligned democracies and post-communist states, wedged between stable Scandinavia and unstable Russia in a way that no other region in Europe does. From a British perspective, the region has mental similarities - firmly in Europe, yet somehow not quite - and historically significant ties to the United Kingdom, most recently highlighted by financial ties to the Nordic countries and  the remarkably high numbers of migrants from the Baltic states.

The Nordic and Baltic states are under-researched, yet provide an ideal ground for analysing the dynamic interplay between economic, cultural and historical factors and testing hypotheses about region-building processes (eg within the frameworks of the EU and NATO) and convergence (eg economic, social and health policy, value orientations).