chapter  2
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The post-Prague strategic orientation of the Baltic states A DA M GRISSOM

Outsiders have dictated the security orientation of the Baltic peoples for most of the past two centuries.2 The modern form of this trend was established by the incorporation of the Baltics into the Tsarist Russian Empire in the early 19th century. It continued with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 and the post-war settlement at Potsdam, which embedded the Baltics in the Soviet inner empire.3