Between National and Academic Agendas

Ethnic Policies and ‘National Disciplines’ at the University of Latvia, 1919–1940

Omslag för Between National and Academic Agendas: Ethnic Policies and ‘National Disciplines’ at the University of Latvia, 1919–1940

Bolin, Per

How was the national agenda of a previously subordinated, ruling Latvian majority reconciled with established academic practices for appointments and enrolment – candidates judged on merit irrespective of ethnicity? Following the disintegration of the Russian Empire, the ethnic Latvian majority assumed power and used state resources to further their national project. Complex national issues arose when a new university, teaching in Latvian, was founded in 1919 – Latvian was a language previously regarded as a peasant vernacular wholly unsuitable for cultural or academic purposes. During the same period the Latvian state was a multi-ethnic parliamentary democracy containing several ethnic minorities, all with full citizenship rights. Some of these minorities, the Baltic Germans and the Jews in particular, possessed considerable cultural capital and experience of academia. The inherent conflicts and compromises in this double agenda are the main focus of Between National and Academic Agendas.

Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2012. 347 sidor.

ISBN 978-91-86069-52-0

Serie: Södertörn Academic Studies, 1650-433X ; 51

Serie: Södertörn Studies in History, 1653-2147 ; 13