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Estonia
Autumn Libal
1422200442
December 2005
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The Baltic Revolution : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, Revised and Updated
Anatol Lieven
0300060785
September 10, 1994
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Book Description
In this timely book, Anatol Lieven presents an intimate and engaging portrait of the history and culture of the Baltic states from their ancient origins to their contemporary status. He explores the culture and personality of the Baltic peoples, their religious and racial differences, their relations with Russia and with the West. Drawing on a wide range of sources including interviews, newspaper accounts, and his own observations, he describes and analyzes the rise of national movements in each of the three countries after Glastnost and the possibilities for democracy and Europeanization or for ethnic conflict and nationalist dictatorship.


History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia
Sigrid Rausing
0199263183
Apr 2004
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Located in the world of a former collective farm in Estonia, Sigrid Rausing's book describes the changing identity of the Swedish speaking minority in Estonia under pre-Soviet and Soviet rule, its new post-Soviet dependence on Sweden, and its current attempt to restore a Swedish cultural
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Constructing Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia
Pami Aalto
0714654256
May 2003
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Book Description
This work examines the construction of post-Soviet political space, geopolitical discourses and boundaries in Estonia. Making use of innovative methodological solutions such as Q-methodology, its analysis includes in-depth interviews in order to elucidate a variety of issues through human experience and subjective perception, such as Estonian-Russian border disputes of the 1990s, inter-ethnic issues and national integration and security.
As Estonia is one of the frontline EU accession countries and is queuing for membership of NATO, the book raises broad questions of post-Soviet geopolitics in the Baltic region and across Europe. Indeed, the book argues that small states such as Estonia should be understood as active participants in post-Soviet and European geopolitics, and not simply pawns in a superpower...


The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Postcommunist States and Nations)
DAVID J. SMITH, et al
0415285801
July 2002
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Book Description
Since the end of the Cold War there has been an increased interest in The Baltics. This volume brings together three countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, to provide a comprehensive and analytical guide integrating history, political science, economic development and contemporary events into one account. Since gaining their independence each country has developed at its own pace with its own agenda and facing its own obstacles.


Minorities in Europe: Croatia, Estonia and Slovakia
Snezana Trifunovska (Editor)
9067041173
November 2003
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Book Description
Political/security, legal and economic aspects are highlighted in this volume's coverage of minority issues in Croatia, Estonia and Slovakia. Since these countries achieved independence as a result of the post-Cold War dissolution of their predecessor states, there is a relatively complex minority situation in all three--the result of changing state borders. This work contributes to identifying problem areas and the means and mechanisms to ensure adequate protection to minority groups.

About the Author
Dr S. Trifunovska is currently a Senior University Lecturer at the Law Faculty, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is also the editor of Minorities in Europe: Croatia, Estonia and Slovakia.


Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. The First Decade
Renee Baigell, Matthew Baigell
0813529468
July 30, 2001
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From the Back Cover
How do women artists in Russia, Estonia, and Latvia view themselves in the post-Soviet era? What is their relationship to feminism and how has that relationship changed following the fall of the Soviet regime? The artists interviewed-some born as early as the 1920s, others as recently as the 1970s-discuss their private lives and situations, as well as specific works of art. They reveal a wide range of attitudes and a complex relationship with a feminist movement often regarded as an alien import from the West. Gender issues in art school, the demands and strains of career and family life, and questions regarding a female approach to imagery are among the topics raised, as are these artists' hopes and dreams for the future. This book also includes a brief chronology of pertinent events in the art world during the...


Nation Building, Integration, and Ethnic Conflict in Estonia and Moldova
Pal Kolsto (Editor)
0742518876
October 2002
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Book Description
Why has social peace been preserved in some new, nationalizing countries in Eastern Europe and broken down in others? While civil peace has reigned in Estonia, Moldova experienced a bloody civil war in 1992, claiming more than a thousand casualties. These two states in question share a number of common characteristics, but there is one important difference. Employing both on the ground empirical studies and a strong theoretical framework, National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies contributes to a better understanding of national integration process in Estonia and Moldova and of national integration and communal violence in general.


Estonia and the Estonians (Hoover Press Publication, No 405)
Toivo U. Raun
0817991328
September 1991
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Nation Building, Integration, and Ethnic Conflict in Estonia and Moldova
Pal Kolsto (Editor)
0742518884
October 2002
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Book Description
Why has social peace been preserved in some new, nationalizing countries in Eastern Europe and broken down in others? While civil peace has reigned in Estonia, Moldova experienced a bloody civil war in 1992, claiming more than a thousand casualties. These two states in question share a number of common characteristics, but there is one important difference. Employing both on the ground empirical studies and a strong theoretical framework, National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies contributes to a better understanding of national integration process in Estonia and Moldova and of national integration and communal violence in general.


The Hole: Another Look at the Sinking of the Estonia Ferry on September 28th 1994
Drew Wilson
1846851327
April 2006
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Book Description
In September 1994, the passenger ferry Estonia set out on an overnight cruise from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden and sank in the Baltic Sea, killing nearly 1000 people in 35 minutes. It was the worst peacetime sea catastrophe in European waters in the 20th century. A controversial government investigation blamed the ship's design and high waves. But the Estonia was the only intact ship in maritime history to sink in less than one hour -- faster than some torpedoed ships. This disturbing fact is the core of the tragedy and was left unexplained. The victims still remain in the shipwreck in shallow depth just off the coast of Finland, a spot militarily guarded by Sweden. "The Hole: Another look at the sinking of the Estonia ferry on September 28, 1994" examines alternative explanations in view of post-Soviet...


In Search of the Elusive Peace Corps Moment: Destination: Estonia
Douglas Wells
0738865435
December 2005
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Book Description
In 1992, an idealistic but frustrated young musician from Nebraska goes in search of fulfillment behind the recently fallen Iron Curtain as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Estonia. After some hilarious missteps, he ends up finding love, adventure and a renewed sense of purpose.

From the Inside Flap
From the moment the Aeroflot Tupolev-134 hit the tarmac, Douglas Wells knew his life would never be the same. As he stared in awe at the scores of Soviet military aircrafts jammed into the tiny Riga International Airport he was decidedly less sure about whether joining the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Union was the best decision of his life or his worst mistake. Was turning his back on a budding career as an accountant to work as an agricultural...


Estonia: Independence and European Integration (Postcommunist States and Nations)
DAVID SMITH
0415267285
August 2002
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Book Description
In 1998, Estonia became the first of the former Soviet republics to enter membership negotiations with the European Union. Since then it has been hailed as the 'model pupil' amongst the current applicants. This study traces the remarkable reforms that have propelled Estonia from the USSR to the threshold of the EU in less than a decade. The work also explores the tensions inherent in the concept of a postcommunist 'return to Europe'. Since 1991, membership of western transnational organizations has been consistently portrayed as the best guarantee of Estonia's independence. Yet the membership criteria imposed by these organizations have frequently conflicted with the nationalist priority of restoring a sovereign Estonian nation-state. At the same time, Estonia's geopolitically-sensitive location poses a dilemma for the...


Estonia
Michael Spilling
0761409513
April 1999
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10-A book that covers most of the topics needed for social-studies reports: land, history, economy, people, lifestyles, the arts, etc. In general, the text is good, and Estonian names and terms are properly spelled. However, in some places readers will probably get bogged down by too many names or details. The chapter on the arts, for example, tends to read like an encyclopedia article for adults, and it seems unwise to use terms such as "runic verses," "cubism," and "Baroque" style of architecture without an explanation of them. On the other hand, the pages on agriculture are excellent. While most of the color photographs are fine, the captions for a few are wrong or misleading. Estonians will be justifiably insulted by the photograph of a member of the kaitseliit, a militant, right-wing,...


CZAR'S MADMAN
Jaan Kross
0394584376
January 4, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
The plot of Kross's first novel to appear in English may indeed "most resemble the quick scene changes of Italian operas," as the narrator says, but this Estonian author's approach is provocative, original and highly political. Timo von Bock, a 19th-century Estonian baron possessed of romantic ideals, falls in love with and marries a peasant girl, the chambermaid of the young lady he had been expected to wed. He then frees the serfs on his estate and criticizes the czar in a letter--for which he is imprisoned. After nine years, he is declared mad and placed under house arrest at his estate, where his every movement is monitored by relatives and retainers loyal to the czar before the baron finally dies under mysterious circumstances. Timo's peasant brother-in-law, who has been educated by the von Bock family,...


Country Review: Estonia, 1999/2000
Robert C. Kelly
1583102744
August 1999
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N. Denise Youngblood Managing Director of Content Development
Comprehensive Global Information by CountryWatch.com For all of our Country Reviews, we at CountryWatch.com use the most current and dependable sources available, so that we can be satisfied that we are presenting a contemporaneous and accurate perspective on a given country. In this regard, our format uses the latest available annual economic data. As exemplified by our economic overviews, the sources used, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports, are published on annual basis, but as with all such reported macroeconomic activity, published figures and statistics generally trail behind a year. Moreover, this reflux of one-year is commonly characteristic of most reliable and legitimate published sources, and it is especially attributable to statistical...


Foreign Legions of the Third Reich: Poland, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Rumania, Free India, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia (Foreign Legions of the Third Reich)
David Littlejohn
091213836X
August 1987
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Estonia, the New EU Economy: Building a Baltic Miracle
Helena Hannula (Editor)
0754645614
January 2006
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Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, Vol. 2: The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia, 1185-1560 (Fortress 19)
Stephen Turnbull, Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
1841767123
May 25, 2004
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Book Description
The original forced conversion of pagan Livonia, what is now the Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia, was carried out by a military order known as the Brethren of the Sword. In 1236 this order was incorporated into the Teutonic Knights following a catastrophic military defeat. The knights had always consolidated their conquests through networks of castles and fortified places, and the Livonian Chapter of the Teutonic Order built castles of stone. This title covers the developmental and operational history of these fortresses over the length of the Middle Ages. It details how the Baltic fortifications of the Teutonic Knights evolved to reflect the changing nature of siege warfare and the increasing dominance of gunpowder in warfare.


Ethnic Perspective on Economic Reform: The Case of Estonia
Erik Andre Andre Andersen
1840144181
August 1999
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War in the Woods: Estonia's Struggle for Survival 1944-1956
Mart Laar, Tiina Ets (Translator)
0929590082
November 1992
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Book Description
With the Soviet reoccupation after World War II, Estonians faced a choice of submitting to Communist puppets or trying to survive in the traditional refuge of their forests while waiting for help from the West which never came. Those who chose the second course, Estonia's "Forest Brothers", mounted an armed resistance which, for more than a decade, seriously challenged Soviet rule. This is their story, told for the first time by sources within Estonia. This account is drawn from interviews with Forest Brothers who survived and relatives of those who died, and from documents and photographs from Soviet KGB files. It reflects Estonian courage and humor, the faith and sacrifice of a people suppressed, and the indomitable determination of a free nation to regain independence.

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