My name is Maris Goldmanis. I come from Eastern European country Latvia. I have Masters Degree in History. From September 2013 I have started PHD studies in history at the University of Latvia Faculty of History and Philosophy. I live in Riga, sometimes I live other places in Latvia for short time.
I read English, Russian and French literature, mostly historic books and others. My preferred English authors are Niall Ferguson, A. J. P. Taylor, Walter Laquer and others.
This website is detailed introduction in issues relating to History of Latvia. Many topics are discussed here, politics, historical events and culture. The blog is aimed at the English speaking world audience to spread the word of Latvia from Latvian point of view. I hope that those who will take a look at this blog will find something new about the history of Latvia and other topics. This website holds my personal opinion on history of Latvia and its not connected with the official state institution. . Blog is not intended to be strictly academic source of knowledge its more a informative and encyclopedic source. You can use it in your academic works at your own risk. However the 99% of the information of the articles comes from academic sources.
My research fields were and are: the political parties in Latvia before the WWII, National minority question in Latvia before the WWII, Jewish history in Latvia and historical art sources like posters and caricatures. I am also interested in WW2 history, the Nazi-Soviet relations from 1939 to 1941, Radio History and Foreign Affairs.
Note: While my site covers various topics of the Latvian history I do not claim to be an expert in every field I have posted about. All these posts are written basing on common sources at my disposal. I cannot always help you in every topic you wish to ask, nor I do translation or research requests for free. If you find some mistakes or errors in my posts please tell me I will do my best to correct them.
The site is personal project sine 2009. The project is not supported by any governmental or private organization. If you wish to support this site work; yearly domain charges, money for new materials for the future content you can donate by clicking this link bellow. I will be grateful for every donation.