Estonian history

Sillamäe’s past, present and future

Andrew Suttaford visits Sillamäe – once a secret town that was administered not as a part of Soviet Estonia, but as an exclave of Soviet Russia itself. This article was first published under the headline “A Soviet Brigadoon – The strange history of Estonia’s Sillamäe” by nationalreview.com. By Andrew Suttaford It’s …

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My grandmother’s shoes, my grandfather’s hat – my rediscovery of Tartu

My grandparents grew up in Tartu, leaving after WWII to escape the Soviet occupation. This is a little story of  how I rediscovered the intellectual capital of Estonia. I was shocked when my Canadian university approved my visiting student application. To Tartu? Really? Many Canadians couldn’t even point to Estonia …

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How chili peppers made Estonia famous at The Economist

Chili peppers are not part of Estonian cuisine. But they have helped make some of Estonia’s most distinguished sons and daughters famous at the Economist magazine. I should begin by explaining that my enthusiasm for all things Estonian is not my only eccentricity. Among the others are obsessive interests in …

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