The Balticum as a geo-cultural community? Arguments to support this claim would probably be as numerous as sceptical voices. But it is not a question of evidence. Another issue seems to be much more important: why is it advisable to think in terms of large geo-cultural regions and what possibilities are openedby such thinking?
Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States provokes us to take a look at the countries situated around the Baltic Sea and their cultures, and to ask some questions.
Can the Baltic be called the Mediterranean of Northern Europe? Does it unite or perhaps divide the nations living around it? With what values is Balticness associated? Can they become the foundation for a Baltic community and identity? To what extent is Poland a Baltic country? Have the Poles become a nation of the sea?
Looking at history, politics and art, we seek answers to these questions.

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      Jacek Purchla

    • 4
      Worth a Look

  • Balticum Horizons
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      Common Baltic
      Olga Wysocka

    • 14
      Baltic Poland

      Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, in conversation with Łukasz Galusek

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      Our Pond
      Adam Krzemiński

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      99 Baltic Stories
      Gytis Skudžinskas

      Seria 99 bałtyckich opowieści powstała w latach
      2008–2010 na potrzeby książki pod tym samym tytułem,
      stworzonej przez Skudžinskasa wspólnie z Leonidasem

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      Our Neighbours’ Neighbours. Scandinavia and Baltic Central Europe
      Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

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      Northeastern Europe?
      Stefan Troebst

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      The Baltic Sea Region. The Geo‑Cultural Perspective
      Kristian Gerner

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      Balticum and the Concept of Freedom
      Olaf Mörke

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      Does the Baltic Sea Region Have Its Own Identity?
      Barbara Törnquist‑Plewa

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      The Baltic States in the 21st Century
      Leonidas Donskis

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      The Finns, Finland and the Baltic Sea
      Tuomo Melasuo

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      The Baltic and the Crescent
      Adam Balcer

  • Skerries, Fjords, Spits
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      The Herring of the Orchestra

      Roxanna Panufnik in conversation with Aleksander Laskowski

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      Music and the Sea
      Aleksander Laskowski

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      Cold Sea Odyssey

      Paweł Huelle in conversation with Dorota and Łukasz Galusek

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      The Baltic Sea Library
      Jan Balbierz

  • A Well Designed Sea
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      Of Land and Sea. On Art of the 1930s
      Szymon Piotr Kubiak

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      Scandinavian Design: Where Does the Myth Come from?
      Rikke Jacobsen

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      The Baltic States: A New Design Tiger?
      Maris Takk

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      Baltic Design
      Monika Rydiger

  • Reflections, impressions, opinions
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      Worth a Thought

      Włodzimierz Karol Pessel, Karina Jarzyńska, Aleksandra Szczepan