The only comprehensive English-language study of Kaliningrad, this invaluable book explores the history and uncertain fate of the former East Prussia. Once touted as a future Hong Kong, Russia's western-most oblast has become a black hole of social and economic decay. Often overlooked in the West, this exclave is a potential flashpoint in an already unstable region. Richard Krickus, a leading expert on Kaliningrad, fills a crucial gap by tracing its long history of unstable possession, critiquing Russian and Western policy, and mapping out possible futures for the oblast.
Richard J. Krickus is professor emeritus of political science at Mary Washington College.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Kaliningrad: A Historical Overview Chapter 3 Kaliningrad under Soviet and Russian Rule Chapter 4 Kaliningrad as a Flash Point of Conflict Chapter 5 A More Positive Assesment Chapter 6 From a "Gateway" to a "Black Hole" in Europe Chapter 7 The EU and Kaliningrad Chapter 8 Moscow and Kaliningrad Chapter 9 The United States and Kaliningrad Chapter 10 Epilogue: Kaliningrad and the Future