Figure 3.1 Latvia in its region
Latvian independence was proclaimed on 18 November 1918 but its real advent was in 1920 after the withdrawal of all foreign armies from Latvian territory. Soviet Russia recognised independence on 11 August 1920 and Latvia became a member of the League of Nations in 1921. These 20 years of Latvian independence are embedded in Latvian consciousness as a golden era of progress
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