Glocal Gotland: A Case Study in Self-Reliance & Submission in the 21st Century

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The island of Gotland, situated in the Baltic Sea, has been cross-roads of trade and culture in the region for thousands of years. Today it is a province in Sweden, however its long-term inhabitants retain a fierce sense of independence and autonomy. It simultaneously pursues energy and economic sustainability goals and is caught up in the global geopolitics of US, NATO, and Russian power plays in the region. While interest grows in its traditional language and culture, it embraces its status as a meeting place for the region and the world. Thus it is a fascinating case study for how impulses toward self-reliance and engagement play out in our ever more globally connected, local-identity-focused world.


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