Another Baltic Postcolonialism: Young Latvians, Baltic Germans, and the emergence of Latvian National Movement

  title={Another Baltic Postcolonialism: Young Latvians, Baltic Germans, and the emergence of Latvian National Movement},
  author={Ivars Ījabs},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={107 - 88}
  • Ivars Ījabs
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Sociology
  • Nationalities Papers
This article looks at the emergence of Latvian nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century from the intercultural perspective of postcolonial theory. The writings of early Young Latvians, and the reaction to them from the dominant Baltic German elite, show that the emergence of a modern Latvian nationalism is to a large extent due to postcolonial mimicry, as described by Homi Bhabha. Attempts to imitate German cultural models and to develop a Latvian high culture lead to hostile reactions from… 
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