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Acknowledgements List of illustrations David J Smith and John Hiden: Foreword: August Torma and the importance of small states Introduction The making of an "officer-diplomat" (1895-1930) First World War and British intervention Estonian military representative in Kaunas Head of Foreign Ministry's political department Estonian relations with Russia Estonian-Russian prisoner and spy exchanges Estonia on the fringes of Europe (1931-1939) Difficulties in Baltic cooperation Estonian minister in London Estonia in crisis (1939-1940) Estonian-Russian mutual assistance pact Russian-Finnish war and Estonian neutrality Soviet occupation begins on 17 June 1940 Keep calm and carry on (1940-1944) The question of an Estonian government Baltic envoys demoted Campaign for a fair deal for small nations Maintaining the London legation (1944-1971) Estonian refugees Britain accords partial recognition to Soviet annexation The London legation's financial problems The KGB identifies Torma as a British agent Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index


"Tina Tamman's biography of August Torma (1885-1971) sheds welcome new light on the history of independent Estonia, as well as the long decades of Soviet domination during which Torma stayed on in London as Estonia's "last ambassador." ... Tammanshows great insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Torma's personality ... the book is [...] generously illustrated." - in: Diplomact and Statescraft 23/3 (2012) "A poignant portrait ... I took this book on holiday with me, read it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it ... a thought-provoking glimpse into a vanished world." - Edward Lucas, The Economist

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