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The attitude of Latvia towards the Vilnius question in the Twenties and Thirties of the 20th century
The attitude of Latvia towards the Vilnius question in the Twenties and Thirties of the 20th century

Author(s): Ēriks Jēkabsons
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: Vilnius; Latvia; conflict; Poland; Lithuania; Eastern Baltic

Summary/Abstract: The problem of the state affiliation of Vilnius and Vilnius region during the period between the World War I and World War II was the main reason causing discordance between Lithuania and Poland and not allowing these neighbouring states to develop normal relations. This problem resulted not only in poor relations between the above mentioned states, but became one of the primary reasons for not creating any defensive alliance of the Baltic countries (as well as Finland and Poland) which could radically change the development of consecutive events in this region at the end of the 1930s and 1940. In comparison with other possible members of the Alliance of the Baltic States, Latvia’s attitude expressed towards the conflict between Poland and Lithuania differed to a great extent. To a certain extent it could be explained by the fact that Latvia bordered both with Lithuania and Poland. It was a highly complicated task, taking into account that maintaining good-neighbourly relations with Lithuania and Poland was one of the main objectives set by the Latvian diplomacy.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 51-57
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English