Latvia’s Vanished National Heroes

  title={Latvia’s Vanished National Heroes},
  author={Markus Meckl},
  journal={The European Legacy},
  pages={408 - 418}
Abstract The nineteenth century saw the invention of the national hero. His main function was to serve as an ideal for the nation. Latvia, however, is an exception to this general rule: after it regained independence in 1990, the national hero simply disappeared and no heroic image emerged. On the contrary, it was now the victim that became the emblem of Latvia’s regained independence. The country, of course, did not lack “heroes,” for there were in fact many candidates for the creation of a… Expand


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