Estonian history

140 years ago, wolves still ate people in Estonia

One hundred and forty years ago, it was a common occurrence that wolves attacked people – and kidnapped children – instead of being afraid of them; nowadays, however, the newly-elected national animal of Estonia usually keeps to itself. This article was originally published by the University of Tartu blog, authored …

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The day the Soviets invaded Britain to capture an Estonian

The Shetland Islands are the northern-most part of the United Kingdom. A group of islands situated between the Atlantic and the North Sea, they are a windy, cold and lonely place. For one Estonian fisherman, they proved to be quite terrifying.* The waters around the Shetland Islands are well known …

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An exhibit at Stanford Libraries presents 100 years of Baltic history

A new exhibit at Stanford Libraries, called “The Baltic Way”, aims to tell the complicated history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 20th century and considers the countries’ prospects and challenges in the 21st. The exhibit, presented in partnership with the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and Stanford Libraries, …

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Estonian documentary makers to release a vinyl with Soviet hippie music

The Estonian filmmakers behind the “Soviet Hippies” documentary that is currently making waves at international film festivals will soon release its soundtrack that was completely based on the music from the Soviet underground. The bare fact that there was a hippie movement in the Soviet Union might come as a surprise …

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A ballet created in honour of Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres

A new ballet, created in honour of the chess grandmaster, Paul Keres, once the most famous Estonian in the world, will premiere in September at the Estonian National Opera. Once upon a time, Paul Keres (1916-1975) was the most distinguished Estonian around the globe – his fame in the chess …

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Estonia celebrates the independence day

As Estonians around the world are gathering to cheer for their homeland and celebrate the country’s independence day on 24 February, it’s appropriate to recall how the independent country was born, the independence maintained, lost and restored again. A quest for independence Starting with the Northern Crusades, Estonia became a battleground of …

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Tallinn to get a museum of communist crimes

The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory has launched the preparation of an international research centre and museum of crimes of communism in Tallinn, Estonia. The centre and the museum are to be established with the support of the government of Estonia and leading remembrance institutions in Germany, Poland, Latvia and …

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Editorial: Attempts to normalise the Soviet occupation of Estonia are deplorable

When one of the best and oldest schools in Estonia, the Gustav Adolf Grammar School, is attempting to glamorise the Soviet occupation, it’s a cause for major concern. One would expect that on 10 March – the anniversary of the Soviet Air Force’s bombing of Tallinn in 1944 – any …

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