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An independent country from 1918, Latvia in the Medieval period was split into German-origin principalities, forming a part of the Catholic north-eastern defense against both Lithuanians and Russians. In the 16th century, the territory fell under the Commonwealth who fought with Sweden over supremacy in these lands for the next century. In the Great Northern War, Russia conquered the territory and remained in control for the following two centuries.

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How did residents of Estonia and Latvia prove that their family settled in the country prior to 1940, in order to become citizens in 1989?

In a related question, @defaultlocale posted this excerpt: Article 2. Possession of Latvia citizenship Citizens of Latvia are: persons who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and their ...
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Why did Sweden not fortify Swedish Livonia along its eastern frontier, including the approaches to Riga?

Swedish Livonia was a province created from territories that were ceded by the Commonwealth in 1629. This territory remained under de facto Swedish rule until 1710 and was ceded formally in 1721. ...
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Were the lands of the Teutonic Knights part of the Holy Roman Empire? [closed]

This is a pretty simple question. The lands owned and ruled by the Teutonic Knights within Germany were certainly part of the Holy Roman Empire. Were the lands of the Teutonic Knights in the Baltic ...
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What was the fighting style and equipment of 13th century Eastern European Baltic and Slavic cavalry?

I want to know about fighting styles and equipment of fighting men roughly around 13th century in the Baltic/Slavic area of Europe. I'd particularly like to find out about cultures that were prominent ...
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