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Estonia: Return To Independence
After breaking free from the Bolsheviks in 1918, Estonia enjoyed independence until 1940, when the country was subsumed by the Soviet Union. Not until 1991 was Estonia able to make its next successful bid for sovereignty. In this book, Rein Taagepera traces the evolution of Estonia from prehistory to the present, when a radical turn of events in the former Soviet Union ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 20th 1993 by Westview Press
(first published May 19th 1993)
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I think for most people in the West Estonia did not exist until 1991 - except perhaps in official memory as a Nazi collaborator state. Now Estonia has gained a dubious notoriety as a destination for Brits to get violently drunk to the point where a certain demographic from this grey and septic isle are not particularly welcome any more [and rightly so]. Given all that this book is an important eye opener placing the emergence of Estonia as a distinct and separate linguistic grouping into the ...more
While this book was perfect for my purposes, it was not a great work. It is unapologetically biased and I found it difficult to find a flow. It seemed to be a list of evidences strung together under vaguely similar topics at times. It was, however, a good view at the Estonian interpretation of their history and it helped me understand where this population is coming from when it deals with issues of today. The author is intelligent and well-informed but very hard to follow at times.