School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Toivo Raun

Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Adjunct Professor, History


Office: School of Global & International Studies 3039
Phone: (812) 855-4907


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1969

Research Interests

Modern Baltic and Finnish history

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights

Co-editor with Kristi Kukk, Soviet Deportations in Estonia: Impact and Legacy (Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2007).

"National Identity in Finland and Estonia, 1905-1917," Norbert Angermann, et al., eds., Ostseeprovinzen, Baltische Staaten und das Nationale (Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005), pp. 343-56.

“Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Estonian Nationalism Revisited” in Nations and Nationalism, 9 (2003), pp. 129-47.

Estonia and the Estonians, 2nd updated ed. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institute Press, 2001; also in Finnish (1989) and Hungarian translation (2001).

“Estonia in the 1990s,” Journal of Baltic Studies, 32:1 (2001), pp. 19-43

“The Baltic States After the Collapse of the Soviet Union,” Hungarian Studies, 14:2 (2000), pp. 275-284 and 15:1 (2001). pp. 163-65.

“Democratization and Political Development in Estonia, 1987-1996” in Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott, eds., The Consolidation of Democracy in East Central Europe. Cambridge, 1997, pp. 334-74

“Ethnic Relations and Conflict in the Baltic States” in W. Raymond Duncan and G. Paul Holman, eds.,Ethnic Nationalism and Regional Conflict: The Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Boulder, Colo., 1994, pp. 155-82

“Finland and Estonia: Cultural and Political Relations, 1917-1940” in Journal of Baltic Studies, 18 (1987), pp. 5-20.

Co-author with Edward C. Thaden, et al., Russification in the Baltic Provinces and Finland, 1855-1914. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Current Research Projects

  • cultural survival and national identity: the Baltic case
  • the rise and impact of literacy in the Baltic region
  • comparative levels of development in the interwar Baltic states and Finland


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500