Dr Una Bergmane

Dr Una Bergmane

LSE Teaching Fellow

Department of International History

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Office Hours
Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm
English, French, Latvian
Key Expertise
Cold War, Soviet Union, US foreign Policy, Baltic States

About me

Dr Una Bergmane's research focuses on the end of the cold war and the late socialism period in the Soviet Union. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript The politics of uncertainty: the US, the Baltic Question and the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Based on extensive archival research in the US, EU, and Russian Federation, this book investigates the foreign policy of the US facing one of the most profound changes of the 20th Century: the collapse of the Soviet Union. It offers the first comprehensive account of Western policy regarding the independence claims of three Soviet republics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and how their efforts contributed to the disintegration of the USSR. This study of US foreign policy-making processes demonstrates how in the space of three years Washington and its European allies moved from extreme prudence regarding the Baltic claims to fully embracing their independence.

Dr Bergmane’s postdoctoral project Memory, myths and the end of the Empire: the debate on the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in the context of the Soviet disintegration focuses on the role that changing collective memory dynamics played in the Soviet disintegration process. The project is situated at the crossroads of memory studies and transnational history, thus providing an interdisciplinary analysis of the Soviet collapse.

Before joining LSE, Dr Bergmane was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and a Baltic Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, US. She obtained her Ph.D. with the highest distinction from Sciences Po Paris in 2016, and spent one year of her doctoral studies as a Fox Fellow at Yale University.  Dr Bergmane has also been a visiting fellow at Aleksanteri Institute in Helsinki and at Turku University, Finland.

Expertise Details

Cold War; Soviet Union; US foreign Policy; Baltic States; Transnational Memory


Dr Una Bergmane teaches the following courses in the Department:

At undergraduate level:

HY320: The Cold War Endgame

At postgraduate level:

HY432: From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: the End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1999




• Forthcoming: The politics of uncertainty: the US, the Baltic Question and the fall of the Soviet Union

Journal articles

• Forthcoming in 2019:“Is this the End of Perestroika?” International responses to the Soviet use of force in the Baltic republics in January 1991 in Journal of Cold War Studies

• “L’élargissement de l’Otan : un débat historiographique” [The enlargement of NATO: a historiographical debate],  Revue d’Histoire Diplomatique,  no. 1 (2018): 47-59

• With Louis Clerc “Beyond ‘caution, pragmatism, and cynicism’? France’s relations with Eastern Baltic in times of crisis (1918-1922; 1988-1992).” Ajalooline Ajakiri. Estonian Historical Journal, no. 3/4 (2016): 369-397

• “L’Occident et la Crise Lituanienne du Printemps 1990.” [The West and the Lithuanian Crisis of 1990] Relations Internationales, n° 150, no. 2 (2012): 85-101

• “Les Pays Baltes indésirables à la conférence de Paris” [The exclusion of the Baltic states from the CSCE Paris summit in 1990], Revue d’Histoire Diplomatique, no. 1 (2011): 47-69

Book chapters

• “Von der Perestroïka zur Wiederherstellung der Unabhängigkeit” [From Perestroika to Restoration of Independence] In: Ivars Ijabs et al. Lettland 1918-2018: Ein Jahrhundert Staatlichkeit [Latvia 1918-2018: A Century of Statehood], Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2018

• “Consulting Foreign Affairs Archives in France and America,” In: Guillaume Devin (ed.) Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

• “International Reactions to the Independence of the Baltic States: the French Example, 1989-1991,” In: David Smith (ed.) Latvia – a Work in Progress? 100 years of State and Nation-building, ibidem-Verlag, 2017

• “Diplomacy and Diasporas, Self-Perceptions and Representations: Baltic Attempts to Promote Independence, 1989–91,“ In: Clerc Louis, Glover Nikolas, Jordan Paul (eds.) Histories of Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, Brill Publishers, 2015

Awards and grants

  • 2018: Emerging Scholar Grant, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (USA)
  • 2014: Birnitis Scholarship, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (USA)
  • 2010-2013: Scholarship of Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (National  Foundation of Political Sciences), France
  • 2010: Prize of Jean-Baptiste Duroselle: Best Master’s Thesis in International Relations awarded by l’Institut d’Histoire des Relations Internationales Contemporaines (Institute of Contemporary International Relations)