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Estonia as a Captive Nation illuminates the history of the Cold War from the perspective of Eastern European emigrants. Politicians who had fled Soviet power and wished to return to their home soon found corresponding aspirations with other nationalities. The main platform for this cooperation was the Assembly of Captive European Nations (ACEN), founded in New York in 1954 and funded by the Free Europe Committee. Nearly forgotten nowadays, the ACEN was a major organisation at the time, with foreign delegations around the world and with a wide set of publications. Concentrating on the Estonian diplomats, lawyers, and scholars involved in the ACEN, this monograph provides a comprehensive introduction to the tragic disappointments of emigrant policies: troublesome relations with the American authorities, schisms among Europeans and extended national disputes. This monograph collates, for the first time, an overview of Estonian political emigration during the first half of the Cold War into one volume, and hopefully inspires further studies on Estonian and wider Eastern European political history.

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