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Reinventing the Baltic Sea Region: From the Hansa to the EU-Strategy of 2009


Michael North

University of Greifswald, E-Mail:



This paper has been presented at the Third International Conference on Nordic and Baltic Studies in Romania: European Networks: the Balkans, Scandinavia and the Baltic World in a Time of Crisis hosted by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies and Valahia University of Târgoviste, and sponsored by the Romanian National Research Council, May 25-27, 2012.



The political changes of 1989 stimulated a new perception and perspective of the Baltic Sea Region. And this gained momentum with the Eastern Enlargement of the EU. The new situation encouraged research as well. In this context the “Baltic Sea” is not an unchangeable physical setting, but also a construction of different actors or protagonists. People and powers continuously reinvent the Baltic Sea Region. That is why; the following paper focuses on the different notions of the Baltic Sea Region from the Middle Ages up to now and also examines the recent EU-Strategy of this region.



Schimbarile politice din 1989 au stimulat o noua percep?ie oi perspectiva asupra regiunii Baltice. Aceasta a luat amploare odata cu extinderea Uniunii Europene spre est. Noua situa?ie a încurajat oi cercetarea. În acest context, „Marea Baltica„ nu este un decor fizic invariabil, ci o construc?ie a diferi?i actori oi protagonioti. Persoane oi puteri reinventeaza continuu regiunea Marii Baltice. Iata de ce, acest text se concentreaza pe diferite no?iuni ale regiunii Marii Baltice din Evul Mediu pâna în prezent oi examineaza, de asemenea, recenta strategie a Uniunii Europene din aceasta zona.


Keywords: Baltic Sea Region; Hansa; Adam of Bremen; EU-Strategy; spatial turn; dominium maris Baltici; model region



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