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Unofficial Trade and Business Practices in the Baltic Region in the 20th Century

Sat, November 11, 3:45 to 5:30pm, Marriott Downtown Chicago, Floor: 2nd, Wrigleyville

Session Submission Type: Panel

Brief Description

With a regional focus on the southern Baltic Sea region (Poland, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union) the panel deals with different forms of unofficial trade and trade relations throughout the 20th century. Its main aim is to analyze how different actors managed to establish and maintain trade routes on a transnational level in national political and legal environments which were hostile towards their actions. All three papers offer a new perspective on the economic and social history of East-Central Europe which is still dominated by national narratives and instead expose the transnational and multi-ethnic entanglements of unofficial business practices in East Central and Northern Europe.

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