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Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic 102: Post-World War II to Present w/ Iskolat

Actually Existing Socialism

Release Date: 02/28/2024

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Iskolat, a Latvian communist, returns to teach us more about the shrouded history of Latvia, which was a part of the Soviet Union, officially known as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic continuously from 1944 to 1990.

In this second and final part we’ll be discussing the post-World War II era of building socialism in Latvia and the Baltics at large. We cover the successes of socialist construction, its weaknesses, and ultimately the downfall of soviet system in Latvia in the early 1990s and how that played out. Iskolat also delves into present day realities of Latvia that don’t always make international news.

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Isoklat twitter: twitter.com/iskolat

Workers' Struggle (English/Latvian/multilang): https://t.me/StradniekuCina

BalticSSRs (Reddit): https://reddit.com/r/BalticSSRs/

Riga History Group (Russian): https://t.me/RigaHistoryGroup…

School of Scientific Communism/Ruslan Dzugov Channel (Russian section): https://t.me/rusdzugov

Dictatorship of the Proletariat (YT channel of the Russian section of the Political School): https://youtube.com/@user-xk6xj4xm4n

Anna Louise Strong's The New Lithuania: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89017381948&seq=5 

The Baltic Riddle by Greg Meiksins: https://archive.org/details/TheBalticRiddle