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School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia

Dace Dzenovska


Following independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, economic and political liberalization projects were rolled out in Latvia and across Eastern Europe. While economic liberalism was welcomed, political liberalism was contested. Many in Latvia insisted on the importance of the nation alongside individual liberties and respect for diversity. From the perspective of liberal Europe, this often led to the conclusion that Latvia’s residents exhibited too much socialist mentality or nationalist sentiment and thus required lessons in political liberalism in order to become fully European. This ethno ... More

Keywords: political liberalism, nationalism, postsocialism, Eastern Europe, Latvia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716836
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dace Dzenovska, author
University of Oxford