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Dr. Olavi Arens

Professor of History (1974).                                
A.B. in Social Studies – Harvard University (date); M.A. in History – Columbia University (Date); Ph.D. in Modern East European History – Columbia University (1976); Certificate of Russian Institute – Columbia University (date).

Teaching and Research Interests:

Russia and East Central Europe

Upper Division Courses:

  • EURO 3234 European Union
  • HIST 3320 Russia/Soviet Foreign Policy
  • HIST 3533 East Central Europe
  • HIST 3536 Russia to 1917
  • HIST 5530 20th Century Russia
  • HIST 7630 Historians Craft
  • HIST 7633 Readings in European History


Contact Information:
Department of History
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997

Office: Hawes 104A
Tel.: 912-344-2857
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications:

  • “The American Children’s Relief Program and Estonian Children’s Relief Societies in 1919,” Acta Historica Tallinnensia, No. 23 (2016) 1-19.
  • “United States Policy toward Estonia and the Baltic States 1918-20 and 1989-1991.”  Ajalooline Ajakiri, The Estonian Historical Journal, 3/4 (2017) 347-368.
  • “The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies: the Activity of a Learned Society in North America,” Go North! Baltic Sea Region Studies: Past-Present-Future, ed. By Carsten Schymik, et al., Berlin, 20006, 67-74.
  • “The Revolution in the Baltics: Estonia and Latvia,’ (with A. Ezergailis),  Critical Companion to the Russian Revolution, 1914-1921,  London, 1997, 659-678.

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • Past President of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
  • Academic Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
  • Recognition as one of the top faculty members in Armstrong State University’s history

Current Research:

  • US Policy toward the Rise of the Baltic States in 1918-22
  • Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty and the Rise of the Baltic Question

Last updated: 12/14/2023